DOUALA, Cameroon — Chadian rebel leader Idriss Deby reached Chad's capital of N'Djamena on Sunday, capping a rebel offensive amid conflicting reports that President Hissen Habre had been killed while trying to flee the Central African country.
Deby rode into N'Djamena in a black Mercedes-Benz escorted by a long convoy of jeeps and trucks, climaxing an offensive lasting barely three weeks.
Deby, Habre's former security adviser, reportedly met with former government ministers Sunday afternoon and said he was not interested in being president, instead promising to create a multiparty system.
Meanwhile, almost 1,000 French citizens living in Chad, a former French colony, were evacuated and arrived in Paris on Sunday on two jumbo jets. The French government urged all its nationals to leave the country as soon as possible.