July 12th, 2010
01:46 PM ET

France honors fallen soldier

A ceremony honored a French soldier of the 13th engineering regiment in his hometown of Valdahon, in central eastern France, on Monday, with French Defense Minister Herve Morin (center above) in attendance. The soldier was killed in Afghanistan by a bomb during a reconnaissance operation north of Kabul last week. France has 3, 500 soldiers fighting in Afghanistan, with 45 troops killed since their deployment in January 2002.

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  1. cpl D

    yes eod8 i was a little confused as well ,to radical y do u hate us so much ? we americans dont truely care what prophet u worship ,all men and women have d,deserve inaliable rights "." u slaughter innocents because u think everyones guilty because we ellected them .thats like killing a cyote for killing a sheep or goat when it was a differ cyote all togather .( in america we dont presume guilt,it has to b proven ,(well we try not to ) being a marine trust me we do our best to protect the noncombatants ,but u hide in them as them ,y! cuz u know ur protected by them yet u say we kill your innocents without regard .YOUR KILLING UR INNOCENTS,not us .same reason u hide in them is same reason some die by our hand unforunate terrible cost!! ,but nesscessary : ( .
    man i dont want to fight ur people u have nothing i want.if u say oil ill slap u ,money can be hadled with money we both know that
    trust me when i tell u ur faith in the koran on this level will only bring death .to u, to us ,to everyone .

    July 21, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Radical

    Viva Taliban Afghanistan Lions.....and who denial hit his head to the nearest wall because there is nothing they can do about it

    July 15, 2010 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
    • MaryM

      why compare them to lions. In lion prides the women are in charge, the men do nothing but assert their dominance over other males when necessary. Also, the females are the aggressive ones. The Taliban are not brave; they hide in women's clothing and in caves like roaches.

      July 16, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  3. Georgia Goad

    All previous comments with the exception of the "Taliban, congratulations", how awful....make sense and thanking any soldier whether from France, America or the UK is something all of us should do. HooooRahh!

    July 13, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Thank any soldier from any country serving in the coalition not just the three countries mentioned above,

      July 14, 2010 at 3:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mo Drone

    A Soldiers job is to perform the duty its government assigns to him or her. The US relationship with France is a strong one that dates far back and one that is built in the blood given in support for one another. God Bless these Soldiers and the job they are doing to fight the extremists. We all know that if the extremists were not so weak they would fight face to face and not hide behind oppressed women and children. I honor the French service and support for the global mission to fight international terror.

    July 13, 2010 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  5. jason beild

    Even though we do not get full support from france , the soldiers they do send here are loyal and strong fighters and its neevr good to see men die for their country when their country sends them to fight an american war thanks for your time and effort

    July 13, 2010 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  6. Georgia Goad

    Losing a soldier anywhere is heartbreaking for not just the family, but others as a nation...it seems to be when the very young die in the line of duty for their country, people react more strongly than if the soldier is older. The effect is still the same although seeing the very young men and women of our countries die before giving their full potential seems to be sadder than someone that had at least a family and made a mark in history for themselves. Anyway, one soldier from anywhere in the free world is one too many. God bless you all!

    July 12, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |