The French Foreign Legion preselection center of Paris is one of the two preselection centers of the Legion. The Paris center, based at Fort de Nogent, serves dual role. It recruits new candidats and it also runs an initial candidate selection. A recruiting office of the Foreign Legion called PILE (Poste d’Information de la Légion Etrangère) is based within the Fort, to take care of new candidats/volunteers and to pass them to join a preselection process.
Once you are allowed to be enlisted, free accommodation, free food and free clothing are immediately provided to you by the Legion.
In Paris, you will pass your first interviews and medical tests. Within 1-10 days, enlisted candidats/volunteers are sent from Paris to the Foreign Legion selection center in Aubagne by train for free, to join the main selection process.
The center of Paris runs also several affiliated information offices (smaller recruiting centers) based in various towns, in which a new candidat/volunteer can be also enlisted in the Legion:
If a candidat/volunteer has chosen to enlist himself in the Legion in one of these information offices (smaller recruiting centers), he is immediately provided with free accommodation, free food and free clothing, just as in Paris. New candidats/volunteers enlisted in these centers will pass an initial interview and would be lodged there. Within 1-7 days, the new candidats are sent with a free train ticket to Paris.
Address of the preselection center in Paris
The Foreign Legion preselection and recruiting center of Paris is located at Fort de Nogent.
Fort de Nogent
Boulevard du 25 août 1944
Phone: (33) 01 49 74 51 38
In Paris, there is also a small information office of the Foreign Legion, located at Fort de Vincennes. However, it serves as an information place and any volunteer wanting to enlist in the Legion will be directly sent to Fort de Nogent to join the preselection process and to pass through the initial tests.
PARIS – Foreign Legion information office:
Poste de Légion – Vincennes
Fort Neuf de Vincennes
Boulevard des Maréchaux
Phone: (33) 01 41 93 35 18
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The page was updated: March 2016