France and Germany refused US requests to immediately promise extra combat troops for Afghanistan, frustrating President Barack Obama’s hopes that more allies would bolster his troop surge. Britain has already offered an extra 500 troops and Italy has said it will send an unspecified number, while Poland is considering deploying several hundred more soldiers. US officials say Obama is about to announce a surge of 30,000 troops and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown this week predicted other nations would provide another 10,000.
resident Nicolas Sarkozy of France collapsed while jogging Sunday afternoon and was rushed to a military hospital for tests. His office described the incident as a minor fainting spell and said he never lost consciousness.