French premier proposes vote on keeping troops in Afghanistan

France's prime minister wants parliament to vote on whether to keep French forces in Afghanistan, his office said Friday, as a new poll showed most of his compatriots want the troops pulled out after 10 died in a vicious ambush. The legislature, dominated by President Nicolas Sarkozy's conservative party, is nearly certain to approve a continuation of the French presence in Afghanistan. Sarkozy, in a conversation with US President George W. Bush on Friday, "underlined France's determination to pursue its fight against terrorism, in close liaison with its allies," Sarkozy's office said in a statement.