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France/US/Afghanistan/death of American soldiers

Published on August 8, 2011
Letter of condolences from the President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy to the President of United States , Barack Obama

Paris, August 6, 2011

Mr. President, Dear Barack,

It was with great distress and deep sadness that I learned of the death in combat of 31 U.S. troops on August 6 in Wardak province, Afghanistan.

In these painful moments, I want to offer you, and through you, the American people as a whole, my personal sympathy and that of the French people. Please assure the families and loved ones of these soldiers fallen on the field of honor of my sincere condolences and of France’s solidarity.

I know that this new ordeal will not weaken the United States’ determination to continue its battle alongside the Afghan people so that they may in the long term enjoy the stability and freedom to which they aspire.

Rest assured that the resolve of France, which has been engaged in the same battle alongside the United States for nearly 10 years, will not falter.

Sincerely yours,

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Nicolas Sarkozy

Mr. Barack Obama
President of the United States of America
Washington DC

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