French President Nicolas Sarkozy has arrived in Afghanistan to show solidarity with troops stationed there. His visit comes after the Taliban launched an ambush in the Spir Kundi district of Kabul province that left ten French soldiers dead and 21 wounded.
According to Afghan officials, four of the troops were executed after being captured during a two-day running battle with Taliban fighters.
The casualties were mainly from the 8th parachute regiment, which recently arrived in the country.
The deaths may harm Sarkozy domestically as the victims were part of a controversial reinforcement of France’s presence in the country, ordered by the president earlier this year.
Many in France take exception to Sarkozy leading French foreign policy closer to Washington than his predecessor Jacques Chirac did.