France protests after the release of Taliban prisoners by the Afghans after the death of French

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PARIS (Reuters) – The French Foreign Ministry on Thursday protested against the release by Afghan authorities of two Taliban prisoners who had killed two of its citizens.

“France reiterates its firmest opposition to the release of those convicted of having committed crimes against French nationals, in particular soldiers and aid workers,” the ministry said in a statement.

The militant group insisted that 5,000 prisoners be released, including six challenged by Western governments such as France and Australia for internal attacks on their forces. Six were released Thursday.

Reporting by John Irish; Editing by Chris Reese

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