PARIS — France's government on Sunday said a French soldier died in Afghanistan when insurgents fired an anti-tank weapon against an armored vehicle he was traveling in east of the capital, Kabul.
The French Defense Ministry said that two other soldiers were injured in the attack a day earlier near the village of Landakhel, in the Kapisa Valley, where French forces are engaged as part of a NATO mission.
France has lost 54 soldiers in Afghanistan in an international mission in the country since 2001. About 4,000 French troops are now in Afghanistan — most in Kapisa province and Kabul province's Surobi district.
President Nicolas Sarkozy reaffirmed France's commitment to the mission and the Afghan people in a statement Sunday that announced the soldier's death.