“The French army had to stay in Afghanistan, because there is no other solution,” said
Hervé Morin in an interview on French radio.
“If we were not in Afghanistan, Afghanistan would collapse again,” he said, adding that stability in the region depends on stability in Afghanistan.
France has about 4,000 troops in the country.
Morin said he hoped to be able to start withdrawing by next year and transferring “a certain number of zones to the Afghans”.
The Dutch mission in Afghanistan ended on Sunday.