French demand answer on Italian/NATO-corruption

The French Defence Minister was called on today to give an urgent account to Parliament of the Taleban ambush that led to the deaths of ten soldiers in Afghanistan.

As the Socialist Party reacted with anger to The Times report, the ministry said that it had long been aware of “rumours” that linked Italian bribery to the ambush in Sarobi, east of Kabul in August 2008. The reports had no basis, it said.

Jean-Marc Ayrault, the Socialists’ parliamentary leader, told Hervé Morin, the Defence Minister that the denial was not enough. “This is very serious, if it is true, and I ask the minister to come in the immediate future before the Defence Committee to explain and tell us what information he has,” said Mr Ayrault.

From “French Opposition demands answers on bribe claim in Sarobi ambush” in UK Times.

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