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French Foreign Legion today

french legion.jpgOpen to people of any nationality, origin, religion, qualification, social or professional status the French Foreign Legion is today one of the most known french elite military unit.


The legionnaires are recruited from 136 different countries with different cultures which represent a widely accepted solution to strengthen them enough to work as a team.

  According Legionnaire code of honour, fidelity and honour represents fundamental values for Legion.


Legionnaires  are divided into 11 regimental formations.


We have to stress that the Legion has been in  theatres of conflict: the Gulf War of 1990-1991; Kampuchea, Somalia in 1992-1993; Rwanda in 1994; Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia in 1993 to 2003; Central African Republic in 1996.


Nowadays, the legionnaires are engaged in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Chad, the Ivory Coast and anywhere else they might be needed by France.

The legionnaire's code of honor guides every legionnaire to respect strict principles.

Legionnaires code of honour 

Article 1

Legionnaire, you are a volunteer, serving France with honour and fidelity.


Article 2

Each legionnaire is your brother in arms whatever his nationality, his race or his religion might be. You show to him the same close solidarity that links the members the same family.



Article 3

You respect your traditions and your superiors. Discipline and friendship are your strengths. Courage and honesty are your virtues.


Article 4

You are proud of being a legionnaire. You are always well mannered and smart. Your behaviour is of the best. You are always modest and your quarters are always clean and tidy.


Article 5

You are an elite soldier who is rigorous with himself. You consider your weapon as your most precious possession. You constantly maintain your physical fitness.


Article 6

Your mission is sacred. It is carried out until the end, in respect of the law, the customs of war International Conventions, if needs be, at the risk of your own life.



Article 7

In combat you act without passion or hatred. You respect vanquished enemies. You never surrender your dead, your wounded, or your weapons.

Short history of the Legion 

The French Foreign Legion was created in1831 and the main reason has been to permit foreigners to serve in the French Army; till 1830 they were forbidden. The first Legionnaires landed in Algeria, a country which has been the Legion's homeland for around 130 years.


During the 19th century, initially, The Legion was used to expand and protect the French colonial empire. Also fought in almost all French wars including the Franco-Prussian War and both World Wars.


The Foreign Legion remains an important and elite part of the French Army.





                                                                                                               Magdalena Butucea



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