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Defence Minister Herve Morin has accused Paris Match of helping the Taliban propaganda war.
He said: "Should we be doing the Taliban's promotion for them?
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The article has also reignited the debate in France about whether their soldiers should still be in Afghanistan.
A survey taken in April this year, when President Nicolas Sarkozy announced he was sending out another battalion of almost 800 soldiers, showed that two-thirds of people believe their country has no place in the conflict.