19 NOV 2010
France Govt Determined to Withdraw From Afghanistan
by Jason Ditz | Antiwar.com
Former French Prime Minister Alain Juppe, appointed to the position of Defense Minister this weekend, announced today that the French government will use the upcoming Lisbon Summit to discuss its withdrawal from Afghanistan.
“Afghanistan is, I would say, a trap for all the parties involved there,” Juppe insisted, adding that France was determined to hand over control of French dominated regions to the Afghan government as soon as they could.
The comments seemed to support previous claims by Juppe’s predecessor Herve Morin that France would hand over one of its two zones at some point next year, and fuels speculation that the Sarkozy government wants out of the nation entirely before the 2012 election, to avoid it being a political issue.
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