Ahum, wouldn’t ‘French intelligence’ be a bit of an oxymoron? A bit like eg ‘Scottish delights’ or ‘German charm’, for instance.Can an ex-legionnaire join French intelligence?
And he wrote a very interesting book about his experiences in Indochina, called ‘Tur retur Helvete’ (To Hell and back), which was one of my own inspirations for joining the Legion as well.)Back in the 1950'es one did. The Dane Arvid Hansen joined the Legion in 1947, 19 years old, served in Indochina and Algeria for the next 9 years and became a highly decorated NCO. In 1956 he joined the security/intelligence service (SDECE I think), which he later left with the rank of captain. He then joined the Ministry of Tourism and was in charge of tourism in Nice. He died in 1998.
Thanks for the correction. Hard to keep up with all the Hansen's about (I think I found one in the shed the other day). Great book, though. You wouldn’t happen to know where I could find a copy by any chance? I would love to read it again.No, that was Jack Hansen.
Try google with the Danish and/or Norwegian title, there might be a shop somewhere who has it.Thanks for the correction. Hard to keep up with all the Hansen's about (I think I found one in the shed the other day). Great book, though. You wouldn’t happen to know where I could find a copy by any chance? I would love to read it again.
While joining the Legion is definitely something I want to do, I will have to see how things play out with my injury. I am virtually not effected physically, but I have been put in medication that may take a while to get off of. I am assuming I would not be selected if I had medication that I had to take daily. I am still preparing by learning French as well as Arabic. Arabic is more difficult, but I already know another language that follows many of the same rules, luckily.Davey, is that just a general question or are you thinking perhaps that once you have done your big 5 you would like to offer your services to the French (exterior) intelligence services?
I can't pretend to know the slightest thing about the DGSE but I suppose that people who speak fluent Arabic or other languages would be of use to them in translating telephone conversations or emails etc.