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Election Puts French Afghan Force on Notice

posted on May 8, 2012

The New York Times’ Rod Nordland writes that the election of the Socialist François Hollande to the French presidency might lead to a speedier exit of French troops from Afghanistan than the time-table set by the now lame-duck French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Reporting from Kabul, Nordland writes, “A spokesman for the French military here said that about a fourth of French troops were on course to leave Afghanistan by the end of this year, while they awaited word on whether the new French president would speed up their withdrawal.”

Read at The New York Times