Two French soldiers killed in Afghanistan

PARIS, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) — Two French soldiers were killed and three
others wounded in a military operation in Afghanistan, said French
President Nicolas Sarkozy’s office on Monday, raising the country’s
total fatalities in Afghanistan to 47.

  The two dead were a soldier and an officer from the 21st Marine
Infantry Regiment. They were fatally wounded by gun fire during an
overnight operation in Tagab, north of Kabul, while three others were
injured at the start of the operation.

  ”These soldiers gave their lives in the service of France’s
commitment to the peace and security of the Afghan people,” Sarkozy
said in a statement.

  The French president condemned “insurgents’ murderous attacks” on
NATO military forces in Afghanistan, stressing France would continue to
be a part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force
(ISAF).

  About 3,500 French troops are deployed in Afghanistan.