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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.
 

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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.
 

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Can an ex-legionnaire join French intelligence?
Ahum, wouldn’t ‘French intelligence’ be a bit of an oxymoron? A bit like eg ‘Scottish delights’ or ‘German charm’, for instance.

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.
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.)
 

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(...) 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.)
No, that was Jack Hansen.
 

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No, that was Jack Hansen.
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.
 

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I would imagine it would be unlikely you'd be able to rise very high in the intelligence ranks, giving a foreigner access to state secrets and information detrimental to state security, saying that as stupid a thing has happened and happens in British intelligence .
 
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He can be the tea boy... Important Job 👍
 

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Secret services look to recruit foreigners all the time... They all do. Btw, 5 so called French diplomats have been arrested last week in Libya with undeclared weapons and ammo (they arrived from Tunisia). Bet there was one or more Arab speaker among them.
What a silly question, btw
 

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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.
Try google with the Danish and/or Norwegian title, there might be a shop somewhere who has it.
 

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Can an ex-legionnaire join French intelligence (DGSE)?
They may ask you to take French citizenship. Joining the DGSE is vague. There are many different types of jobs. Do you mean joining the “Service Action”?
 

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Rapace Is right man for this question ;)
 
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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.
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.
 

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When you have gotten off the meds and there is no trace left in the system, then if you think that you still might stand a chance of getting in, then go for it. I would recommend (and I'm not trying to be funny here) that you have enough money for a round trip and to spend a couple of days in France, just in case it does not work out.
I don't know if it has been mentioned, but you will stand more of a chance by going directly to Aubagne, as Paris may not even take the risk of sending you down.
 

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