France is suspending military operations in Afghanistan, and may accelerate its planned troop withdrawal after the killing of four French soldiers.
The shootings were the latest of several in which western soldiers have been killed by members of the Afghan security forces they are helping to train.
President Nicolas Sarcozy said he has sent the defence minister and the head of the armed forces to Afghanistan, and until they arrive all training operations and combat help from French forces will be halted.
“We are friends with the Afghan people, we are the allies of the Afghan people, but I cannot accept that Afghan soldiers shoot French soldiers,” he said.
It is reported that along with the four soldiers who were killed, 17 more were wounded by a rogue soldier. This incident takes the total number of French deaths in Afghanistan to 82.