PARIS - France's new President Francois Hollande is in Afghanistan to meet with troops and the country's president and discuss plans for an early pullout.
Hollande's office said in a statement that he arrived early Friday in Kabul. The trip was not announced in advance for security reasons.
Hollande will meet with some of the 3,300 French troops in Afghanistan and Afghan President Hamid Karzai, the statement said.
Hollande announced plans at a NATO summit this week to pull out French troops by the end of the year, instead of next year as his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy had planned.