Friday, 5 September 2008

Boot on the other foot

The Telegraph reports controversy in France over Paris Match's typically insensitive pictures of Taliban fighters wearing uniforms of French soldiers they had killed.

Understandably, the dead men's relatives were upset. Also

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?

This is probably more to the point:

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.

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