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Afghanistan/French soldier death

Published on January 4, 2011
Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic

Paris, December 17, 2010

President Sarkozy was very shocked to learn of the death, this morning, of a French officer from the Saint Christol d’Albion 2nd Foreign Engineers Regiment during an operation in the Alasay Valley. He came under fire from insurgents while carrying out an area reconnaissance mission.

This soldier paid with his life for the commitment of France, alongside her allies, to help bring peace and security to the Afghan people.

President Sarkozy expresses his most sincere condolences to the bereaved and shares their pain.

The Head of State reaffirms his support for the Afghan people and authorities. He expresses France’s determination to work within the International Security Assistance Force. This UN-mandated force has been assigned the mission of contributing to the re-establishment of stability and the restoration of peace, and to development in Afghanistan./.

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