History of the first Foreign Legion parachute unit

During the First Indochina War, the Foreign Legion was demanded by French military authorities to create a parachute unit to support French infantry forces operating in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos since 1946. In 1948, volunteers of the Legion regiments stationed in Indochina formed the first Foreign Legion airborne unit – the Parachute Company, attached to the 3e REI.

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Foreign Legion in French Guiana 2012

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).

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