France's foreign minister says his country will continue to push Russia to pull its troops out of two separatist Georgian regions.
On a visit to Georgia, Bernard Kouchner told reporters Thursday that "Russia must leave the territory of Georgia and France must apply maximum strength so that this is done."
In the five-day war with Russia in 2008, Georgia entirely lost control of separatist Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Russia now recognizes them as independent, a position shared by only three other countries, and has a strong military presence in both.
The war ended in an agreement brokered by French President Nicolas Sarkozy under which both sides were to pull troops back to prewar positions. Georgia and Western countries say Russia is violating this aspect of the truce.