visit family, in my time you could not get holidays to go home. The only way was to leave the Legion and then go back. I do not remember for sure, but I think you had to return in only six months to keep your rank. Until rectification, which was after three years.
Interesting to note that in the 6 years between 87 and 93 there was a turnover of 10000 in Legion manpower.
The Legion itself is approx 8000 strong so the turnover represents 120% of manpower.
On the grounds that a proportion elect to serve longer than the initial contract the turnover is probably greater than 120%
Acts as an illustration to those who wish to join that if they are lucky enough to be one of the 1 in 12 who are selected there is still a very great chance that they will not complete their initial contract.