Côte D'ivoire - Personal background
Laurent Gbagbo was born 31 May 1945 in Gagnoa, Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast). His education includes a degree in philosophy from the Lycée Classique d'Abidjan in 1965, a licence d'histoire from the University of Abidjan in 1969, and a doctorate third cycle in contemporary history at the University of Paris in 1979. He has authored several books. He met his wife Simone Ehivet, who also is a leading figure in the FPI, during their activist days in the teachers' union.