From The TimesMarch 22, 2008 Nicolas Sarkozy to bolster force in Afghanistan with 1,000 extra troops Francis Elliott and Michael Evans Nicolas Sarkozy will tell Gordon Brown next week that France plans to send an extra 1,000 soldiers to Afghanistan to bolster the battle against the Taleban. Senior ministers have told The Times that the French President wants to underline his commitment to Nato allies during his state visit to Britain. The Ministry of Defence has made a working assumption that President Sarkozy will announce a deployment of âslightly more than 1,000 troops to the eastern regionâ, one said. The deployment would deliver a significant fillip to the military operation in Afghanistan, ensuring that other countries such as Canada remain engaged. It would also provide concrete evidence that France was committed to forging a new relationship with Nato.