Saturday, January 28, 2012

David Cameron à Nicolas Sarkozy: jusqu'à Man!

David Cameron to Nicolas Sarkozy: Man up!

As the Telegraph reports, the British prime minister believes the French president is making a mistake by promising to remove French troops from Afghanistan by the end of next year.
The Prime Minister confirmed that Britain would stick to Nato's original timetable and pull out combat troops by the end of 2014, when Afghan forces are scheduled to take over nationwide security responsibilities.
He made the comments as he and the president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, met at Chequers to sign an agreement that Britain would continue giving aid after troops left.
Mr Karzai's visit was his latest stop on a tour of European capitals trying to shore up backing for his aid-reliant government as public support among Nato members continues to slide.
Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, surprised many on Friday by announcing that French troops would speed up their withdrawal and leave by the end of next year, instead of by 2014.
His announcement was widely perceived in France as an electoral ploy ahead of a tough re-election campaign this spring.
Mr. Sarkozy made his announcement yesterday, which EuroNews notes was less than enthusiastically received by Mr. Karzai's government.

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