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France Commits 200 New Troops to Lebanon Force

French marines guard the old port of Sidon as the French navy disembarks humanitarian aid on Thursday. France has committed an additional 200 troops to Lebanon, joining the 200 already the country.
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French marines guard the old port of Sidon as the French navy disembarks humanitarian aid on Thursday. France has committed an additional 200 troops to Lebanon, joining the 200 already the country.

France, an force behind the U.N.-brokered cease-fire in Lebanon says it will send only 200 extra troops right now to police the peace. Observers had expected France to send about 2,000 troops to police the Israel-Lebanon border.

Steve Inskeep talks to reporter Alasdair Sandford in Paris about why the French backed off.

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