According to the official website of the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment (2e REP), the only airborne unit of the French Foreign Legion, more than 450 of its troops are joining military operations beyond France’s borders now, in January 2015.
While around 1,350 French soldiers have been patrolling in Paris since the attacks of 7th January 2015, legionnaires from the 1st Foreign Cavalry Regiment (1er REC) are patrolling now in Marseille, the second largest city in France.
Today, the Foreign Legion published a nice French documentary about the art within the Legion and how the Legion had (and still has) an influence on artists – painters, poets, novelists, singers etc.
After the recent attacks in Paris, the French government decided to deploy another hundreds of soldiers to the capital to boost security. In Paris, there had already been around 1,000 military personnel since the end of December as part of Vigipirate, France’s national security alert system. Since January 11, around 1,350 French soldiers have been patrolling in the streets. The members of the Foreign Legion are among these troops: legionnaires and even the reservists (non-legionnaires) serving within the Legion.
As previously mentioned, Exrcise Iberian Star 2014 took part in Spain in November 2014. Spanish legionnaires from Spanish Legion’s VIII Bandera (8th Battalion) and French legionnaires from the 2nd Foreign Infantry Regiment (2e REI) were involved in this exercise, together with Welsh and Irish soldiers from the British Army. See video.
French Foreign Legion units participate in operations outside of France, throughout the world. See the list of their deployment in December 2014.