Yes, true. Apart from the “prestige” of the unit, I see essentially two objective reasons for a French national to join the Legion: if he has a legal record and can’t join the “regular” Army and because the Legion offers a 5-year initial contract, while it’s generally shorter in the regular. One point also is that speaking the language gives them an edge re promotion over foreigners.It also said the French tend to fail the tests required, and that doesn’t surprise me because well the ones that most likely would pass join the regular army but I could be wrong. (...)
The actor, Robert Clary, from a Jewish family settled in France, is an Holocaust survivor. One of the few actors still living from Hogan’s heroes TV show.(...) The only Frenchmen I have experience with is Corporal Louis LeBeau from Hogan’s heroes, man I love that little Frenchman.
Bet you, it's him arrested today in MontpellierNîmes : armé, un ancien légionnaire menaçait de se suicider
Everything is better with ketchup or Catsup if you prefer.Interesting article. The Legion has an objective to reach 20-25% of French speaking recruits, vs 16% today (of which ~ 10% French nationals), to transmit the language and the culture. Citing example of foreign legionnaires being served foie gras and spreading ketchup or mayonnaise on it. Foie gras with ketchup!!! Oh my God..!