France denies any connection between its decision to remove troops from Afghanistan in 2011 and Osama bin Laden's pledge to attack French troops.
Osama bin Laden said France’s ban on Islamic full-face veils for women, like the niqab or the burqa, was unjust, and justified Al Qaeda attacks on French soldiers in Afghanistan.
Niger kidnappings: The assailants made their way through streets patrolled by 350 soldiers, past the gate of a secure residential area and the security guards standing in front of the foreigners' homes.
President Obama's speech on Afghanistan at West Point Tuesday is expected to appeal to Europe to match his troop surge. Will Europeans provide 10,000 soldiers?
The deadliest use of force by German troops since World War II has ignited a debate among an increasingly skeptical electorate.
The French president sees Afghanistan, unlike Iraq, as a matter of global security and NATO responsibility.
A Rwandan report this week charged Paris with complicity in the 1994 genocide.
After a green light from the UN, France decided Tuesday to scrap its neutrality and help fend off a rebel advance.
France did not repel this weekend's coup attempt on its former colony as it has in the past, but the UN Monday approved unilateral French action to support Chad's government.