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French president: All combat troops out in 2012
Associated Press ^ | May 25, 2012 | DEB RIECHMANN and JAMEY KEATEN

Posted on 05/25/2012 12:36:54 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- French President Francois Hollande for the first time provided details of his plan to pull France's combat troops out of Afghanistan by the end of the year, saying Friday he would leave around 1,400 soldiers behind to help with training and logistics.

The new French leader, making good on one of the major foreign-policy promises of his campaign, confirmed in a one-day visit to Afghanistan that all of France's 2,000 combat troops would be brought home by the end of this year - putting France on a fast-track exit timetable that sparked consternation among some allies at a NATO summit in Chicago early this week.

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1 posted on 05/25/2012 12:37:02 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Let the jokes begin.


2 posted on 05/25/2012 12:39:48 PM PDT by yank in the UK ( A liberal mocking Christianity. I asked "why don't you mock Islam?" he replied "Muslims are violent)
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To: yank in the UK

How many white flags does it take for the French to surrender?


3 posted on 05/25/2012 12:44:04 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I heard they will be selling their rifles cheap they were never fired but dropped plenty.


4 posted on 05/25/2012 12:46:56 PM PDT by THE_RAIDER
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To: Jack Hydrazine

After the great victory/s over Lybia, France starts a new losing streak.


5 posted on 05/25/2012 12:47:14 PM PDT by Surrounded_too
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To: yank in the UK

6 posted on 05/25/2012 12:48:29 PM PDT by chuck_the_tv_out
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To: yank in the UK

Q: What’s the new French flag look like?
A: A white cross emblazoned on a white background


7 posted on 05/25/2012 12:53:33 PM PDT by THE_RAIDER
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Wasn’t Obama supposed to remove US troops by some deadline that he kept demanding during the last campaign?


8 posted on 05/25/2012 12:53:40 PM PDT by MeganC (No way in Hell am I voting for Mitt Romney. Not now, not ever. Deal with it.)
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To: THE_RAIDER

Q: Why did the Post Office have to recall its series of stamps depicting famous Frenchmen?
A: People were confused about which side to spit on.


9 posted on 05/25/2012 12:54:53 PM PDT by THE_RAIDER
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To: Surrounded_too

I miss Nicolas Sarkozy. Hell, I miss Carla even more.


10 posted on 05/25/2012 12:56:37 PM PDT by alloysteel (Fear and intimidation work. At least on the short term.)
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To: THE_RAIDER

Q: What do you call a French man killed defending his country?
A: I don’t know either, its never happened!


11 posted on 05/25/2012 12:56:37 PM PDT by THE_RAIDER
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Damn I love this thread ROFL


12 posted on 05/25/2012 1:16:49 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: THE_RAIDER

Q: How can you identify a French Infantryman?
A: Sunburned armpits.


13 posted on 05/25/2012 1:28:09 PM PDT by THE_RAIDER
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To: THE_RAIDER

“I would rather have a German division in front of me than a French one behind me.” ~ General George S. Patton


14 posted on 05/25/2012 1:31:45 PM PDT by THE_RAIDER
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Last Frenchie out, bring the white flag


15 posted on 05/25/2012 1:32:34 PM PDT by silverleaf (Funny how all the people who are for abortion are already born)
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To: SevenofNine
Ditto!

Little note on your tag (which I like btw)...

The original quote you are trying to utilize reads "All your base are belong to us." You forgot the "are" in your tag...;-)

16 posted on 05/25/2012 1:33:10 PM PDT by EnigmaticAnomaly ("Mantra of the left: 'It's only okay when WE do it.'")
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To: Free ThinkerNY

bookmark


17 posted on 05/25/2012 1:36:30 PM PDT by DFG ("Dumb, Dependent, and Democrat is no way to go through life" - Louie Gohmert (R-TX))
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To: Free ThinkerNY

bookmark


18 posted on 05/25/2012 1:36:52 PM PDT by DFG ("Dumb, Dependent, and Democrat is no way to go through life" - Louie Gohmert (R-TX))
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To: THE_RAIDER

Q: Why don’t they have fireworks at Euro Disney?
A: Because every time they shoot them off, the French try to surrender.


19 posted on 05/25/2012 1:37:59 PM PDT by THE_RAIDER
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To: EnigmaticAnomaly

OH OKAY


20 posted on 05/25/2012 1:40:37 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: THE_RAIDER

Q: What do you call a French man killed defending his country?
A: I don’t know either, its never happened!

Not a good one.

Who was the rearguard for the evacuation from Dunkirk, Normandy and Brittany?

http://www.dienbienphu.org/english/

On the French side the 4306 replacements parachuted in between March 14 and May 6 did not make up for the losses suffered between those dates (1,500 killed and more than 4,000 wounded). Among the replacements were 709 non jump-qualified men who volunteered to fight in Dien Bien Phu after April 20, often jumping at night.

For the soldiers of Dien Bien Phú and Isabelle a slow descent into hell was beginning. In the deep silence of the night they would learn the meaning of despair.

The French have neither the ammunition nor the reserves to make a counter attack. All the bunkers are packed with wounded. Those who are not wounded are prisoners. Practically the entire sector east of the Nam Yum is in the hands of the Viets. General Cogny sends a final message to General de Castries expressing the desire that there be no surrender, no white flag. “ The firing has to die of its own. You mustn’t mess up what you have done,” he says.

After destroying all material and supplies the command post at Dien Bien Phu sends a final message to Hanoi: “We’re blowing up everything. Adieu.”


21 posted on 05/25/2012 6:40:31 PM PDT by DUMBGRUNT (The best is the enemy of the good!)
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