Sarkozy Cozies Up to Britain

French President Nicolas Sarkozy was in London Wednesday to declare his readiness to send additional troops to Afghanistan. The move, seen by some as an effort to strengthen ties with his chums across the Channel, was well received by British lawmakers who believe an increase of NATO occupation forces would best prevent a Taliban resurgence.

The Guardian:

In a speech to a joint session of both houses of parliament that was greeted by a standing ovation, the French president said “we could not accept the return of the Taliban and al-Qaida to Kabul”.

France has 1,900 troops in Afghanistan, but contributing countries are quarrelling over the troubled Nato mission


Sarkozy said France had put forward a comprehensive strategy for Afghanistan that had been well received by Nato allies.

“France will therefore propose at the Bucharest summit to strengthen her military presence. We cannot accept the return of the Taliban and al-Qaida in Kabul,” Sarkozy said to applause.

Read more

Now you can personalize your Truthdig experience. To bookmark your favorite articles, please create a user profile.

Personalize your Truthdig experience. Choose authors to follow, bookmark your favorite articles and more.
Your Truthdig, your way. Access your favorite authors, articles and more.

A password will be e-mailed to you.

Statements and opinions expressed in articles and comments are those of the authors, not Truthdig. Truthdig takes no responsibility for such statements or opinions.