French marine killed in Afghanistan: official

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A French marine was killed in Afghanistan overnight, bringing France's toll to 52 since the conflict began in 2001, President Nicolas Sarkozy's office said Saturday.

The warrant officer was killed and a colleague wounded during an operation in the Bedraou valley in Kapisa province east of Kabul, a statement said, giving no details.

Sarkozy expressed France's determination to continue to work with international forces to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan.

The incident came only hours after a French officer, Captain Benoit Dupin, died in a firefight between the unit he was leading and insurgents during a reconnaissance mission in the Alasay valley northeast of Kabul.

There are about 3,750 French troops in Afghanistan as part of NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

© 2010 AFP

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