France Troops To Stay In Afghanistan - Alain Juppe

France is not planning an immediate withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan, the French foreign minister has said.

France troops to stay in Afghanistan - Alain JuppeFrance is not planning an immediate withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan, the French foreign minister has said.

Alain Juppe said he would not "succumb to panic" and remove all French soldiers, AFP report.

On Friday, four French soldiers were killed and 15 were wounded during a shooting by an Afghan soldier in the northern province of Kapisa.

France temporarily suspended operations in Afghanistan after the incident.

The French defence minister, who was sent to the country after the attack, is expected to submit his report to President Nicolas Sarkozy later on Tuesday.

"When I hear talk of an immediate withdrawal, such as at the end of 2012, I am not sure that this has been thought through and studied," Mr Juppe told the French parliament.

"We must not give in to panic, we must not confuse an orderly withdrawal with a rushed withdrawal," he added.

France has almost 4,000 personnel and troops in Afghanistan as part of the 130,000-strong Nato-led force there.

The US plans to withdraw 33,000 soldiers by the end of 2012.