Foreign Legion: French Documentaries 2018

In January and February 2018, two French TV channels published new documentaries portraying the Foreign Legion, its recruiment process, basic training at the farm near Castelnaudary and the life in the Legion. Enjoy watching these interesting videos.

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New Documentary: Legionnaire, my brother

The French Foreign Legion is an exceptional multicultural society, having no parallel on this planet. Consisting of around 8,500 men of more than 140 nationalities (of all races and religions), the Legion runs like clockwork for decades, even in heavy combat conditions. Its strict policy of “close your mouth, forget about your past and adapt you to your new family as quickly as possible”, which forms the newcomers into a solid block of men being ready to fight and even lay down their life for the new Fatherland, always fascinates the rest of the world. This Monday, the French Ministry of the Armed Forces (since May 2017, formerly Ministry of Defence) released a new documentary about the Legion to show slightly how this policy looks in practice.

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Bastille Day Military Parade 2017

On the French national Day of the 14th July, called Bastille Day, a large military parade took place on the Champs-Elysées in Paris, as always. This year, the parade was open by US troops commemorating the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into the First World War. The French Foreign Legion also participated in, closing the parade of marching troops.

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