1961: A failed military revolt in Algeria

In late April 1961, a failed military revolt took place in Algeria, the then integral part of France located in North Africa. The revolt became one of the most controversial event in France’s modern history, with a strong participation of the Foreign Legion.

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57 years ago: A prestigious regiment was dissolved

57 years ago, a prestigious regiment of the French Foreign Legion was dissolved. Called as the most elite regiment of the French Army, two times annihilated in combat, the unit eventually didn’t survive a clearly political decision. Its sad end was a result of previous events in Algeria in late April 1961…

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10th March 1831: When a Legion was created

187 years ago, on March 10, 1831, a royal ordinance of Louis Philippe I, King of the French was issued. It ordered the establishment of a Foreign Legion. The current French Foreign Legion has officially derived its origin from this Legion established in 1831. Nevertheless, the lineage of the current Legion is far more complex.

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42 years ago: 1976 Loyada Rescue Mission

February 4, 1976. This date marks the Loyada Rescue Mission, a mission to rescue 31 French children kidnapped by local rebels in then French Somaliland, today’s Djibouti (Horn of Africa). French Foreign Legion units successfully participated in.

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