Listen to RFI News
Expand Player
Listen Download Podcast
  • Paris Live PM 1300 - 1400 GMT
    News bulletin 09/17 13h00 GMT
  • Paris Live PM 1300 - 1400 GMT
    News bulletin 09/16 13h00 GMT
  • Paris Live PM 1300 - 1400 GMT
    News bulletin 09/13 13h00 GMT
  • 13h00 - 14h00 GMT
    News bulletin 04/05 13h00 GMT
  • 13h00 - 14h00 GMT
    News bulletin 04/04 13h00 GMT
  • 13h00 - 14h00 GMT
    News bulletin 04/03 13h00 GMT
To take full advantage of multimedia content, you must have the Flash plugin installed in your browser. To connect, you need to enable cookies in your browser settings. For an optimal navigation, the RFI site is compatible with the following browsers: Internet Explorer 8 and above, Firefox 10 and +, Safari 3+, Chrome 17 and + etc.

France to pull government staff from Afghanistan

media In Jalalabad, protesters shouted anti-American sentiment following last … Reuters/Parwiz

France announced on Sunday that it was withdrawing its staff from Afghan government institutions, a day after two US members of Nato were shot dead in Kabul’s interior ministry. Anti-US protests continued for a sixth day over Koran burning that took place at a US-run military base last week.

France’s foreign ministry claimed that the removal stemmed from security concerns and was temporary. It said staff would return when “conditions permitted.”

Germany said Sunday that it would follow suit, after the Risk Management Office concluded that staff needed to be withdrawn.

On Saturday, Nato and Britain pulled their staff from Afghan government offices.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the shooting, saying it was a revenge attack for the Koran burning.

An Afghan employee of the interior ministry allegedly shot two US colleagues after a dispute over the Koran incident.

US President Barack Obama formally apologised to Afghan President Hamid Karzai for the soldiers' behaviour.

Last Tuesday, Korans and other religious materials were thrown into a fire pit used to burn garbage at Bagram Air Field, a U.S. base north of Kabul.



Sorry but the period of time connection to the operation is exceeded.