France's President Francois Hollande, right, and France's Defense Minister Jean Yves Le Drian, left, smile during a ceremony to honor French troops home from Afghanistan, at the Elysee

 

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France's President Francois Hollande, right, and France's Defense Minister Jean Yves Le Drian, left, smile during a ceremony to honor French troops home from Afghanistan, at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. Hollande has declared "mission accomplished" for French combat troops who returned home recently from Afghanistan. France still has 1,500 troops in Afghanistan repatriating equipment or working in roles like providing medical care or helping run Kabul's airport. Hollande said the numbers will decline to 500 by mid-2013. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, Pool)