10/23/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

France's Afghanistan Presence To Bulk Up Following Solider Deaths

PARIS (AFP) - France announced Monday it will beef up its mission in Afghanistan with helicopters, drones and other military means amid debate over whether 10 French soldiers killed there were poorly equipped.

Prime Minister Francois Fillon said France had "learned the lessons" from last month's Taliban ambush that left 10 soldiers dead and 21 wounded, the country's worst military losses in 25 years.

"We have decided to strengthen our military means in the areas of air mobility, intelligence and support," Fillon said at the opening of a parliament debate on whether to keep French troops in Afghanistan.

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