In mid-March 2017, Lieutenant Colonel Eric Hildebert left the Foreign Legion, after his 40 years of service. An officer à titre étranger (a commissioned foreigner), he enlisted in the Legion as a young volunteer in 1977.
The current French Foreign Legion has inherited the lineage of the Foreign Legion established by a royal decree of King Louis-Philippe I on March 10, 1831. Because of that, the 10th March marks the anniversary of the current Foreign Legion. Nevertheless, the origins and the history of the current Legion are more complex.
The French Foreign Legion will recruit 1,700 candidates also in the year of 2017, according to General Hervé Wattecamps, the Chief of the French Army human resources direction (DRHAT). The Foreign Legion has already recruited 1,700 candidates in 2016, contrary to some 950 candidates recruited between 2013-15.
See the official list of deployments of the French Foreign Legion units and their logistical support infrastructure outside of France, in operational areas around the world, and a list of deployments in mainland France in support of Operation Sentinelle, both in March 2016.
On March 10, 2016, the French Foreign Legion commemorates the 185th anniversary of its founding on March 10, 1831. That day, a decree of the Council of State ratified the royal ordinance signed by Louis Philippe, the King of the French, on March 9. In the Article 1re of this three-article ordinance, the king authorized to form a Legion of Foreigners (Légion d’Etrangers) inside France.
See the official list of deployments of the French Foreign Legion units and their logistical support infrastructure outside of France, in operational areas around the world, in January 2016.