And why would there be any need to increase France's troop presence? According to Morin:
"France's effort counts for more than just the number of men on the ground, first of all because they are better than the others."I can't remember hearing a better IR joke.
Let's see...there's the classified NATO report (note, both France and NATO have denied the existence of this report) stating that the French troops who were ambushed in August 2008 were woefully underequipped, lacking sufficient ammunition, food, radios, and other equipment to carry out a two-day long mission against Taliban forces. In the wake of the August ambush, a group of French troops announced their refusal to deploy to Afghanistan.