Prime Minister François Fillon told a divided Parliament that France may commit a few hundred more troops to relieve NATO troops. (Story: N. Germain)
"Our armed forces in
"The numbers could be something like a few hundred extra soldiers," he said, adding that
The parliamentary debate was called by the opposition Socialists who have attacked Sarkozy for planning to bolster the French force just a year after he indicated that he did not see any future for
A BVA opinion poll published on Monday said 68 percent of French people disapproved of any strengthening of the French operation while just 15 percent approved.
The Socialists said they intended to submit a motion of no confidence against the government "in the coming days" for refusing to hold a vote on the Afghan deployment in the lower house of parliament.
Fillon said there was no need for a parliamentary vote because French soldiers were already present in
NATO powers will meet in the Romanian capital from April 2 to 4 and
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