4e RE: Remise de Képis blancs at Les Baux-de-Provence

On March 26, 2018, during a traditional ceremony, French Foreign Legion volunteers from the 2nd Enlisted Volunteers Company (2CEV), 4th Foreign Regiment (4e RE) gained the Képi blanc (White kepi) and became legionnaires.

The ceremony took place at Les Baux-de-Provence, one of the most beautiful villages in France. It is situated in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, in the south of the country. The 2nd Company’s 35 enlisted volunteers, led by Adjudant Lebedev (a long-serving legionnaire), were involved in.

The 35 volunteers of the 3rd Platoon, 2CEV had to march 32 miles (52 km) in two days to obtain the famous Képi blanc, the symbol of the Foreign Legion and the legionnaires. The traditional march officially finishes the first four weeks of the four-month-long basic training. Enlisted volunteers spend these first four weeks on one of the three secluded farms of the 4e RE, situated close to Castelnaudary, the regiment’s garrison town in southern France.

During the ceremony, called Remise de Képi blanc (Obtaining the White kepi), every enlisted volunteer who successfully finished the long march, will obtain his white kepi. Then, the volunteers take the traditional military oath and gain the right to be addressed as légionnaires.

4e RE: Remise de Képis blancs at Les Baux-de-Provence
The fresh legionnaires of the 3rd Platoon, 2CEV at Les Baux-de-Provence (March 26, 2018)

Image & information source:
La Légion étrangère

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