A soldier with the French Foreign Legion has been killed in Afghanistan during clashes with insurgents north east of Kabul.
The unidentified member of a Foreign Legion parachutist regiment was shot during an exchange of fire with insurgents in the Tagab Valley and had been transported to a French military hospital in Kabul, said a statement from the French presidency.
French soldiers were backing Afghan troops during the clashes, it said.
President Nicolas Sarkozy paid tribute to the soldier and offered his condolences to his family.
He is the 41st French soldier to be killed in Afghanistan since the deployment of international troops in late 2001.
France has some 3,500 soldiers deployed in the country.