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Gunfire kills French soldier in Afghanistan

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • French President Nicolas Sarkozy has sent his condolences to the soldier's family
  • Officials: Afghan translator was also wounded in the incident

(CNN) -- Gunfire at a combat post in Afghanistan killed a French soldier and wounded an Afghan translator, French officials said Saturday.

The soldier died at a hospital in Kabul from injuries suffered in the gunfight Friday, a statement from the French president's office said.

The statement said President Nicolas Sarkozy sent his condolences to the soldier's family and hoped the injured translator would quickly recover.

"The head of state reaffirmed his support to the Afghan people and Afghan authorities," the statement said.

"He strongly condemned this blind violence and expressed France's determination to continue to work as part of the International Security Assistance Force."