French Guiana is an overseas region of France on the North Atlantic coast of South America bordered by Brazil to the east and south and Suriname to the west. There is a French Foreign Legion regiment stationed in French Guiana: the 3rd Foreign Infantry Regiment (3e REI). It moved to its current location in French Guiana from Madagascar, Africa, in September 1973. 3e REI is protecting the Centre Spatial Guyanais (Guiana Space Centre).
Merry Christmas – Joyeux Noël 2012 from ForeignLegion.info!
A Christmas video from the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment (2e REP) is added. It shows the legionnaires of the Reconnaissance section of the Reconnaissance and Support Company (Compagnie d’éclairage et d’appui, CEA) which celebrate their Noël at their base at Calvi, Corsica and also in Africa.
As mentioned before, the regimental flags of the 1st Foreign Engineer Regiment (1er REG) and the 2nd Foreign Infantry Regiment (2e REI) of the French Foreign Legion were decorated with a Croix de la valeur militaire avec palme (Cross for Military Valour with palm) by general Bertrand Ract Madoux. The ceremony was performed in Nimes, southern France, where the 2e REI is stationed in the base “Colonel de Chabrières”, on November 19th.
Pages with addresses and Google Maps positions of the French Foreign Legion recruiting centers were updated. The old simple page had all information and location data mixed together and this caused its extremely slow load time. Moreover, the Street View and Maps images had to be too small. A new navigation structure of the Recruitment centers was created for solving the problem.
On December 7, 2012 almost 400 legionnaires celebrated an anniversary of the 1st Foreign Regiment (1er RE). The oldest regiment of the French Foreign Legion has already been stationed in Aubagne (a town in southern France, near Marseille) for 50 years. It moved there from Sidi-bel-Abbès, Algeria in 1962. See the video of the celebration.