Every story has an end, they say. The former Ivorian head of state, Laurent Gbagbo, seems determined to initiate divorce proceedings with his wife Simone Gbagbo. A beautiful love story that will come to an end since the lawyer of Laurent Gbagbo, Me Claude Mentenon, announced that the former president has seized a judge in matrimonial cases this Monday, June 21, 2021 to formalize the divorce with Simone Gbagbo after 32 years of marriage.
It really feels like the end between the former Ivorian president, Laurent Gbagbo, and his wife Simone. After several months of instability in the couple, Laurent Gbagbo decided to end the relationship by definitively ending the marriage. Faced with Simone’s refusal to go towards an amicable divorce, the former Ivorian head of state preferred to go through the judicial process to concretize the final separation. Counsel at the Court, Claude Mentenon, made the announcement on Monday, June 21, 2021. “Mr. Laurent Gbagbo announces that, because of Simone Ehivet’s repeated refusal over the years to consent to an amicable separation, in the meantime he has resolved to seize this day, the judge of matrimonial cases of the Court of First Instance of Abidjan of an application for divorce,” the lawyer said. This announcement was not accompanied by details of the circumstances that led to this situation. The lawyer just said “this announcement will not be followed by any comments”.
The couple married in 1989. Simone helped create the Ivorian Popular Front (FPI), the political party that led Laurent Gbagbo to power in 2000. Very dynamic alongside Laurent Gbagbo, she was nicknamed the iron lady.