French, Canadian FMs head to Afghanistan amid new troop push

A French diplomat says the foreign ministers of France and Canada will visit Afghanistan this weekend as NATO prepares to bolster its forces there. The diplomat says Bernard Kouchner and Maxime Bernier will go to Kabul, the capital, and the southeast city of Kandahar on Saturday and Sunday. The diplomat spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject. The diplomat says the visit is meant as a "follow-up" to the French announcement last week that it is sending 700 more troops to Afghanistan. The trip will also help with France's preparations for an international donors conference for Afghanistan in June. The visit was announced Friday.