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Thanks for sharing that particularly interesting article, Peter. I was slightly surprised however at the grammatical error Tasting Le Légion Etrangère. It even goes on to say Le légion étrangère... Grande Cuvée.
For some reason as I get older that place is looking better and better!😉
 
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You can buy a box of panache...blanc, rosé and red...three bottles
Most are médaillé, usually
Perso, i only schluck the rouge
 
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Rivesalt is more nearer Perpignan than Nîmes...
Old refugee camp, Spanish civil war exiles and then the Harkis
We, the 2 REI use it for urban combat training at times
The type of white wine you are referring to, is the Muscat...
Tastes like over cooked and sugary
 
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"The Legion does not mourn its dead, it honors them": in Franche-Comté, last tribute to Kevin Clément, who fell in Mali
By Vladimir from Gmeline
Published on 09/02/2020 4:38 PM
He was twenty-one years old, was a legionnaire and came from a small village in Franche-Comté, Abelcourt, near Luxeuil-les-Bains. He fell in Mali on May 4. Three months later, those who had not been able to pay tribute to him because of the confinement found themselves this Saturday, August 29.

It is a rainy corner of the countryside, on a Saturday morning at the end of August, between Luxeuil-les-Bains and the small village of Abelcourt, in the heart of Franche-Compté. It's far, it's beautiful, and at dawn, in the Avenue des Thermes still dimly lit by the halo of lampposts, elegant old ladies holding their little sports bags go to their treatment session. The Luxeuil resort is renowned for the softness of its water and its benefits for the skin.
Tired buildings, closed hotels, signs of past prosperity, as in many of these cities away from the main roads, but where you can nevertheless feel the energy of those who continue to believe in it. The casino, its cinema, the restaurants, and the teenagers who spin two on a bicycle, right down the slope after dark. Kevin was probably one of them, dreamy, enthusiastic and hungry for sensations. On May 4, when confined France hoped to find life in the open air, he gave his own, far in the sands of Mali. He was twenty-one, he was a legionary, and Luxeuil-les-Bains lost a local child.
Kevin Clement, on mission in Mali - DR


Kevin !? I was his supervisor at the Lycée Lumière for three years, from second to final. We talked a lot, he was more mature than young people of his age ”. Guillaume Locatelli, the taxi driver, learned the news through social networks, like everyone else. Today, we learn everything through social networks. He wears a mask to drive, and everyone attending this morning's ceremony will wear one. The funeral of Brigadier Kevin Clément, killed during a clash with the jihadists of the EIGS, in Liptako Gourma, known as the region of the three borders (Mali, Niger, Burkina-Fasso), took place in May in the strictest privacy, Covid requires. At Invalides and Carpiagne, where his unit, the 1er REC (Foreign Cavalry Regiment) is stationed.
"it was affirmed, endorsement"

Jean-Marc, his father, Christine, his mother, and Morgane, his little sister, had met there, united in grief, the parents of Brigadier Martynyouk, a Ukrainian also belonging to the REC, fatally affected a few days earlier by the explosion of an IED (Improved explosive device), a homemade bomb. Three months later, on this day when Kevin's name will be unveiled on the war memorial in his village of Abelcourt, alongside those of 14-18 and 39-45, and Luxeuil, where he will be the only one. on the new “Opex” stele which has just been erected, the faces will always be hidden. But relatives, friends, anonymous and legionaries, in service and old, from all over France, will be there.
" It was affirmed, pleasant, it was not the kind of guy who posed the problem ", continues the former pawn of the high school, " for three years, of all the students, it is the one of which I was the closer, with which I exchanged the most. I think he was more advanced in his choices, in his projects, he sought the company of adults, advice. "His desire to join the Foreign Legion, like his father Jean-Marc, a veteran of the first Gulf War, he often spoke of:" When he told me he was leaving, I was happy for him. . In his head, it was either that or nothing. He will not have enjoyed his dream for long ... "

"Kevin wanted a career"
In front of the cemetery where the crowd is already waiting, there are Théo, Judikael and Julien, three high school and party friends. They had known each other since their adolescence, and Théo, who then joined an engineer regiment, served with him as a volunteer firefighter: “ The last time we saw him was the year last, in Fresse-sur-Moselle. "" When we had a party, he was there, "they smile," he knew how to mess around, but during the day he was straight. Once engaged, we found him even more mature, open, fulfilled, he told us about his passion, what he did outside, lots of anecdotes.»Theo remembers the guards, their last intervention on a fireplace, his taste for organization and supervision, his physical transformation after his classes at the 4th RE (Foreign Regiment) of Castelnaudary, the parent company, where all the future white caps go - the legionaries: “ Kevin wanted to make a career, to go further. He wanted to write his journey. "A few days before the hooking up, they spoke to each other" on snap ", evoked the evening they would have when their friend returned:" When we heard the news, we did not believe it, we had to read it several times. the article. Seeing people go into battle and not come back, we know it happens, but when it's a loved one ... "

Lieutenant Leconte, the head of the Luxeuil fire brigade center, evokes the photo of Kevin which should soon adorn the hall of the barracks, next to that of Sergeant Bonnot, another volunteer, who died in the fire in 1959: “ Kevin , it was hard to imagine him in the Legion, he had the face of a child. A child's head, yes, but in all the photos, in the middle of that chubby face, there is this incredibly determined blue gaze. This determination is what also remembers the Maréchal des Logis Arnaud, his group leader at the REC, a young man from Mauritius, discreet but full of muscles, arrived by train from Marseille: "I wanted to be there, alongside the family and his father, with whom I communicate regularly by Skype. Kevin, when he arrived he was shy, and then he asserted himself. We have so many memories together, the aquatic hardening course in Martinique, he was a leader, always voluntary, took everyone on the same path. "" His father, he talked about it all the time, he was very proud of it, "he continues," and then Kevin had something special, he was one of the rare French white kepi. With us, the overwhelming majority are of foreign origin. "

When Kevin was hit in the head, the housekeeper was seconded to another element of the GTD (Desert Tactical Group) Montclar: “ I was on Carmin, with the infantry of the 2nd REI (Foreign Infantry Regiment), him was with Jaune. We learned that there was an injured "alpha". We knew it was serious. When I knew it was him I was wrong, I'm not gonna lie. Kevin is one of my legionaries, but he's also a friend. But I am ordering men, we are in combat, I could not be weakened. "He continues:" It's a big loss for the Legion. He could have made a career easily. He had it all. "
From the cemetery to the war memorial, where the bell rings, played by two men from a Zouave regiment in traditional uniform, then in Luxeuil in the afternoon, speeches follow one another, mayor, sub-prefect, prefect, senator , deputy. The mayor of Abelcourt evokes the family, the mother who worked at the communal social action center, these people that everyone here has always known, in the middle of these fields and these woods, in front of this church: "For us, this name inscribed on the monument to the dead of the town has a face: The face of the child who played with his comrades in the streets. The face of the 14-year-old was enlisting in the fire department. The face of the young man who is 19 years old enlisted in the French army leaving his parents, his family, his friends. The face of the soldier, who came from a small village in Haute-Saône, who died for France in operation in the Malian desert 3,500 km from his home. "

In the rows, impeccably aligned and weathered faces, bikers in leather vests. They are the members of the “ Green Beret Brotherhood ”, bikers, former legionaries or co-opted sympathizers. A brotherhood created in memory of Sergeant Penon, of the 2nd REP (Foreign Parachute Regiment), killed on August 18, 2008 during the ambush in Uzbin, Afghanistan. About thirty enthusiasts, coming from all over Europe. Gone, Pat, Porter, Doume and Padre rode in the rain, on their Harley, to come and support Jean-Marc, their brother in arms whose eyes keep blushing, and who fights against the guilt of having given birth in his son the desire to wear the uniform.
Kevin and Jean-Marc took their guards together at the Luxeuil barracks, where the father, who is called "the old man", is an institution, as Fabien tells us, a volunteer who did not see himself " not not coming today. ". A guilt which General Mistral, who commands the Foreign Legion and arrived as a young lieutenant in the regiment when Jean-Marc left him in 1991, and his comrades, his friends everywhere, seek to rid him. But in addition to this feeling, we especially feel this lack of a son who was also a brother, with whom he shared passions and enthusiasms, a taste for service, for others and for the country, a love for France which leads to oblivion and to the gift of self.
 
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https://www.marianne.net/societe/la-legion-ne-pleure-pas-ses-morts-elle-les-honore-en-franche-comte-dernier-hommage-kevin

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"This fraternity is essential"
" We are here for that ", says Padre, bearded smiling who was in the same squadron as Jean-Marc, whom he had not seen since 1989. After the ceremony in the village, the planned reception was canceled. due to "sanitary conditions". But in the shed of Jean-Marc's house, who works as a boiler operator in a nearby sawmill, we made arrangements ... We parked the Harleys outside, under the attic where the “Brotherhood” sleeps. in his duvets, as before. “ This fraternity is essential ” they continue, “ we will always be there, we are marked for life and we recognize each other. There are two things to remember: “The Legion does not mourn its dead, it honors them”. And “Legio Patria Nostra”: the Legion is our homeland.They are civilians now, working in transport, insurance and security, but their values, nothing has changed.

Captain Baudouin, thirty-two, was Kevin's unit commander. This Saint-Cyrien already seasoned, with three stays in Mali, belongs to these new generations of officers who, since the beginning of the 2000s, have accumulated combat missions. His squadron was one of the two which, with a company from the 2nd REP, were triggered to leave and reinforce the French device following the Pau summit: “ I called Kevin, who was on a brigadier internship at Catelnaudary, to let him participate in the mission. His specialty as a health aide was valuable. This squadron, a mixture of young and old, has worked very well, and we have worked with the Malians and the Nigeriens, who are very good and are growing in strength. "
He evokes the very strong ties forged between these men who often have no family and who find one at the Legion, the importance of celebrating Christmas together so as not to leave anyone alone in the neighborhood, the responsibility and the questions of the chief: “ We moved a lot during this mission, five thousand kilometers in Liptako-Gourma. Kevin, I knew him well. Because he was a striking boy, turned towards others. He would soon be assigned to the infirmary. Skirmishes, with groups of jihadists in pickups and motorcycles, we had half a dozen. "It was not the baptism by fire of Kevin, who had already fought a few days earlier:" The day he was hit, it was"To his comrades, the young captain said that his death, to fight the jihadists, far from home, far from home," made sense ".

In front of the hangar, before joining Luxeuil for the afternoon ceremony, the bikers turned on the engines and took those who wanted to take a ride. Morgane loved it. They promised him that they would take him again. And with them, the promises, we do not need to.
 

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As some of you may know, France and Italy have been hit hit by major storms, Alex was the name given to the biggest. I saw one of the REGs on France 2's News. clearing away ribble with a bulldozer.
That is France 24, I'll try and find out about the REG (which one, I don't know, yet).
 

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Not really legion, I may hear some say. But it is. The hundreds of terrorists that have been released are not going back to being goat herders. Not after spending months, years in a jail in Mali. And who is putting their lives on the line? La légion.
Is it best to kill them rather than having them exchanged for one old missionary who refuses to call the people who held her "jailers" or "terrorists" and says that on the first chance she gets that she is going there?
Now France has a no ransom for hostages policy. Yea, right. And Loustic did the night jump in Timbuktu! :ROFLMAO:
It seems to me that Switzerland has a no ransom for hostages policy.


Mali hostages: Swiss woman killed last month
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Sophie Pétronin returning to France and being greeted by Emmanuel Macron

image caption Sophie Pétronin, who returned to France on Friday, alerted officials about the unnamed woman's death
Officials in Switzerland have announced the death a month ago of a Swiss woman held hostage in Mali.

Foreign affairs chief Ignazio Cassis condemned the killing, saying officials were trying to locate her remains.

They learned of the death after French charity worker Sophie Pétronin alerted the French authorities.

Ms Pétronin, 75, was seized in December 2016 and freed this week. She was the last French citizen to be held hostage anywhere in the world.

Two Italian nationals and the ex-Malian opposition leader Soumaïla Cissé were also released this week.

The release was part of a prisoner swap for more than 100 jihadists, believed to be affiliated to al-Qaeda.

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The Malian presidency has not revealed how it was able to free the hostages.

Malian and international armed forces have been struggling to contain a jihadist insurgency in the north of country that first emerged in 2012.

What has Switzerland said?
In a statement, the Swiss foreign ministry said the woman - who has not been named - was "apparently killed by kidnappers... about a month ago".

Information about her killing "was obtained by the French authorities from the recently released French hostage" Ms Pétronin, it said.

It added that officials "are making every effort to find out more about the circumstances of the killing and the whereabouts of the remains", and that the ministry has demanded that the body be handed over.

Mr Cassis added: "It was with great sadness that I learned of the death of our fellow citizen. I condemn this cruel act and express my deepest sympathy to the relatives."

What's the latest with the hostage release?
Ms Pétronin and Mr Cissé, who was abducted in March while campaigning for parliamentary elections, were taken to the capital, Bamako, in a military plane along with the two Italians, Mali's presidency announced on Thursday.

image captionSoumaïla Cissé (R) was abducted in late March
The two Italian hostages released were named as Pierluigi Maccalli, a missionary priest who was kidnapped in 2018, and Nicola Chiacchio, who was believed to have been captured while travelling in the region as a tourist.

Earlier on Thursday, the Malian authorities announced the release of a dozen political and military figures arrested during the coup.

In August, Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta was overthrown by a military junta and little is known of what happened to talks to secure a prisoner swap after the coup.

What's behind Mali's Islamist insurgency?
A separatist rebellion in the north of the country that began in 2011 created the conditions for militant jihadists to take control of parts of the region.

In 2013, a French-led force helped seize back territory, but a network of jihadist groups remained active and they were able to carry out attacks and kidnappings.

The Malian government has not been able to regain full control of the north.

France continues to support forces in Mali and in other parts of the Sahel region in their fight against the militants.

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