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Death of a French soldier in Afghanistan

Death of a French soldier in Afghanistan

Published on January 10, 2011
Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic

Paris, January 8, 2011

President Sarkozy was very shocked to learn of the death, late in the afternoon, of a corporal from the Poitiers Marine Infantry-Tank Regiment during an operation in Tagab district. He was killed in an explosion while near his armoured vehicle.

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 continue working 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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