French Defence Minister Herve Morin arrived in Kabul Saturday for a surprise visit to meet French troops deploying near the capital as part of NATO's efforts against a Taliban-led insurgency. Morin, on his third visit to Afghanistan, was due to meet troops from an extra battalion of about 700 soldiers deploying to the province of Kapisa northeast of Kabul, officials said. France announced the reinforcements to NATO's 40-nation International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in April and the soldiers started deploying this month, taking to about 2,000 the number of French soldiers in Afghanistan.