French President Nicolas Sarkozy has announced he will travel to Kabul to assure troops of his support.
The deaths come amid warnings that insurgents are closing in on the capital city.
The loss of life is thought to be the heaviest suffered by the French military since 58 paratroopers were killed in Beirut in 1983.
Even more context here, courtesy of Brandon Friedman of Vet Voice. While John McCain is busy with offering flashy "Gates of Hell" pledges about bringing Osama bin Laden to justice, Afghanistan is getting out of control -- again.