June 23rd, 2011
06:56 AM ET

France to follow U.S. timetable

France will start withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, following a timetable similar to the one U.S. President Barack Obama announced, the French president's office said Thursday.

"This withdrawal will be done in consultation with our allies and with the Afghan authorities," the statement from Nicolas Sarkozy's office said.

All French soldiers could be out of Afghanistan by 2013, French Defense Minister Gerard Longuet told France Info radio Thursday. France has 3,935 troops in Afghanistan, according to the NATO mission there.

Obama said Wednesday that the U.S. would withdraw 33,000 U.S. troops by September 2012. That will leave just under 70,000 Americans there.

– CNN's Saskya Vandoorne contributed to this report.

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  5. Dan from Detroit, MI

    For the first time ever, Sarkozy decided to do something right for a change. We need to get all the NATO forces out of Afghanistan and let the Chinese mediate between the Karzai regime and the Taliban, but will that ever happen?

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    Well, the French would hardly have been more committed to Afghanistan than the Americans have been, would they? Oh, there is the Libya differential...

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