Sebastien Devez died 18th August 2008 near the Afghan capital during two days of fierce fighting with the Taliban. He was one of 10 French soldiers to fall during the fight. A further 21 were wounded.
Devez arrived in Afghanistan with the new rotation of French peace keepers just the month before. He leaves his parents, a wife and two children, a girl aged four and a two week old baby.
Eleven of those wounded in the ambush have arrived back in Paris to receive treatment with the remainder to return home once stable for the journey. The French President, Nicholas Sarkozy, had completed a lightning visit to Kabul where he asked the French soldiers to lift their heads in the fight against terrorism.