Ousted Burkina president 'flees south' from capital

PARIS (AFP) - The ousted president of Burkina Faso has left the capital Ouagadougou and fled towards the south of the country, a French diplomatic source said on Friday.

President Blaise Compaore has "left for the south. He's still in the country," said the diplomatic source, who did not wish to be named.

The source said he was heading for the town of Po, near the border with Ghana, although it was not clear whether the former president intended to remain in the country.

Paris said that Compaore should have little difficulty in travelling across borders as he was not subject to an international travel ban.

Compaore has not asked for refuge in France and such a trip is not being discussed, the source added.