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Afghanistan/death of two French soldiers

Published on August 9, 2011
Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic

Paris, August 7, 2011

President Sarkozy was deeply saddened to learn of the death this morning of two soldiers from the 2nd Foreign Legion parachute infantry battalion in Afghanistan. While taking part in a search of a fortified Afghan position in the Tagab Valley, they were attacked by insurgents.

President Sarkozy offers his most sincere condolences to the bereaved and shares their grief. He wishes the five injured soldiers a speedy recovery.

The day after the loss of the American helicopter and these French deaths, the Head of State reiterates France’s determination to continue working within the International Security Assistance Force to restore peace and stability in the country and contribute to its development./.

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