Two French soldiers were killed and five others were wounded in occupied Afghanistan on Sunday, the French President's office said, bringing to 72 the total number of French soldiers killed since the invasion began in 2001.
The soldiers were attacked by insurgents while searching an Afghan fortified position in the Tagab Valley.
The incident follows the crash of helicopter of the U.S.-led coalition in central Maidan Wardak province on Saturday, killing 31 U.S. soldiers and seven Afghan troops.
"A day after the loss of a U.S. helicopter and after the death of these French soldiers, the head of state expresses again France's determination to continue to work with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)," the president's office added.
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