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French special forces in Afghanistan

Trawling through the French papers on line, I've discovered that our friends on the other side of the channel are involved in the military action in Afghanistan. That they decided to sit out Gulf War II is quite well known, but I had assumed they were sitting out this one too.

Anyway, an extract from Le Figaro, which is quite evocative:

Behind a baffle of earth works and the barbed wire perimeter of , you can see flags fluttering in the dust storms. Next to the Afghan and American flags a French flag waves. A little further back there is the Breton Gwenn-ha-Du (means black & white - C ) , doubtless hoisted by homesick marines from Lorient. This old Afghan army barracks, complete with the shell of a 1917 Renault tank..has since summer 2003 been the base for French special Forces in Afghanistan .

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Blogger barbara worth said... 3:12 pm

Rather poignant- and I'd forgotten there are many similarites between Welsh and Breton. In Welsh white is gwyn and black is du.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 3:50 pm

The priest who officiated at my wedding is a native tongue Breton speaker, and can easily have a conversation with a Welsh speaker. As a sideline he was the, erm, chaplain to the Breton Liberation Front, or whatever they called themselves.  



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