FREEDOM PROJECT: François Hollande Repeats Troop Pullout Pledge on Surprise Visit to Afghanistan...

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yet another supprised visit to Afganistan this time from French president... Obama did it last month and now we have next biggest contigent of nato troups from Europe to openly state its withtdraw from this fabricated war...

with Love and Freedom for all, PSG


François Hollande Repeats Troop Pullout Pledge on Surprise Visit to Afghanistan

François Hollande arrives at a French military base in the Kapisa province of Afghanistan. Photo: Joel Saget/AP

May 25, 2012 | Guardian UK

French president tells troops they will be home by Christmas and says ‘the time for Afghan sovereignty has come’

The French president, François Hollande, has paid a surprise visit to the country’s troops in Afghanistan and told them: “You’ll be home by Christmas.”

In defiance of American wishes, he added that the early withdrawal of France’s soldiers from the region by the end of the year, a key policy of his recent election campaign, was “non-negotiable”.

He said he wanted France to remain involved in Afghanistan but “differently”, suggesting a more civil or economic role.

“The time for Afghan sovereignty has come,” he said in a speech to troops in Kabul in the presence of the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai.

Hollande, who visited two French bases outside the Afghan capital, said he had come to Afghanistan to pay tribute to the soldiers and explain the reasons he had brought forward the date of their withdrawal to two years before the planned pullout of the rest of Nato‘s troops.

He was accompanied by Jean-Yves Le Drian, the new French defence minister, and Laurent Fabius, the foreign minister.


The French leader had reiterated his election pledge when he met Barack Obama at a Nato summit in Chicago earlier this week, said by observers to be the only note of discord in an otherwise cordial meeting between the two men.


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This article was written by in Paris and in Kabul.