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The Debate

France on all fronts

1 min

With six soldiers killed in Afghanistan ahead of the Bastille Day parade, the high price of maintaining military might can be measured in blood... and euros. François Picard's panel explains why Paris has put austerity aside to engage in Libya and elsewhere.


Laurent HENNINGER, Military Historian, Strategic Research Institute at Paris' Ecole Militaire

Retired Captain Philip STONOR, Former Deputy UK Defence Attache in Paris

Dave CLARK, Paris Deputy Bureau chief, Agence France-Presse (AFP)

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Produced by Pauline Heilmann, Yi Song, Sara Bertilsson, Jérome Glaentzlin

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