June 23rd, 2011
07:54 AM ET
By CNN Wire Staff
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama goes on the road Thursday to sell his plan to withdraw 33,000 U.S. forces from Afghanistan.
He will meet with soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York - many of whom have recently returned from Afghan deployments.
France announced on Thursday that it would follow suit, saying it "will initiate a progressive withdrawal of troops in Afghanistan, and will follow a timetable comparable to the withdrawal of the American troops."
French President Nicolas Sarkozy's office said the withdrawal will be done in consultation with NATO allies and the Afghan government.