France says to reject Obama demand for more Afghanistan troops

France has about 2,800 troops in Afghanistan, making it the fourth-largest, after the United States, Britain and Germany.

France says to reject Obama demand for more Afghanistan troops

France will reject any immediate request by U.S. President Barack Obama for more troops to Afghanistan occupation because it has already deployed enough troops, French Defence Minister Herve Morin said on Wednesday.

Morin pointed out that his country already sent additional troops in 2007 and 2008.

"So for France, we have made the necessary effort. Considering additional reinforcements is out of the question for now," he told broadcaster Europe 1.

He also said France was likely to reduce the number of troops it is deploying in Africa.

France has about 2,800 troops in Afghanistan, making it the fourth-largest, after the United States, Britain and Germany.

On Tuesday, a Harris poll for the Financial Times showed most voters in Britain, France, Germany and Italy believed their governments should reject any call for more troops by Obama.

France's government announced at a NATO summit in Bucharest last year that it would send 700 troops to eastern Afghanistan.

Reuters

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