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Soldier’s death brings French toll in Afghanistan to 41

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2010-04-09

A French soldier was killed Thursday in clashes between insurgents and Afghan troops backed by French forces. His death brings to 41 the number of French soldiers killed in the country since 2001.

A French soldier was killed Thursday in clashes between insurgents and Afghan troops backed by French forces, the French presidency has announced.

The soldier, a member of the second airborne regiment of the French Foreign Legion, was hit in Tagab valley, north-east of Kabul, where most of France’s 3,500-strong contingent is deployed.

His death brings to 41 the number of French soldiers killed in the country since 2001.

A statement issued by the French presidency expressed condolences, but reiterated France’s commitment to NATO-led operations in Afghanistan: “The president reaffirms his support of the Afghan people and the Afghan authorities. He forcefully condemns this blind violence and expresses France’s determination to continue working with the International Security Assistance Force”.

Date created : 2010-04-08

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