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The Legion opens up a recruiting office at La Réunion island

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La Légion ouvre un bureau pour recruter à La Réunion

After Tahiti for recruiting in French Polynesia, that's the second office opened by the Legion in an overseas territory. La Réunion island is located in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar, in the same region as Mayotte where is based the DLEM (Détachement de la Légion étrangère à Mayotte)
 

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Was a question of time... Next will be the Antilles (French West Indies) and probably French Guiana....
I have other opinions of the recruitment drive... Do not hatch your eggs in the same basket !
 

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I agree with LPC, it will end up like one of the old colonial regiments - French regulars. Does anyone know if foreigners can join in Tahiti? I'm thinking of Kiwis and Aussies.
 

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The Legion opens a second recruiting station on La Réunion Island.
(Google translate)

General Alain Lardet, commander of the Foreign Legion, formalized the project to open the first information and recruitment office of the Foreign Legion (BIRLE, standing for Bureau d'Information et de Recrutement de la Légion étrangère) on the island.
It should see the light of day for the first half of 2021 in the city center of Saint-Denis. Applications will be open to people aged 17 to 40 who are medically fit for service.
We publish here the press release from the Ministry of the Armed Forces. (photo Ministry of the Armed Forces) General Alain Lardet, commander of the Foreign Legion (COMLE) visited the armed forces in the southern Indian Ocean area (FAZSOI) from November 16 to 20, 2020.

Before going to Mayotte to meet the legionnaires of the Foreign Legion Detachment (DLEM), he formalized the project to open the first information and recruitment office of the Foreign Legion in La Réunion, which will make it the second in overseas French territories, after the one of Papeete (Tahiti, French Polynesia).
After several months of study, this project will make it possible to respond to the desire for engagement of young Reunionese in the ranks of the foreign legion. The opening of this office is scheduled for the first half of 2021. Located in downtown Saint-Denis, thé BIRLE will welcome future candidates in premises allowing them to carry out the pre-selection tests.

Applicants should be between 17 and 40 years of age, medically fit for service, and committed to serving the Foreign Legion for a renewable five-year term. Composed of nearly 9,000 men, the Foreign Legion represents 11% of the Land Task Force (FOT). More than 140 nationalities rub shoulders there.
The legionnaires serve there under contract, on a foreign basis, and are commanded by French officers. This exception exists by the will of the nation which accepts in a derogatory manner that the Legion recruits, from peacetime, foreigners to bear the arms of France.

The Foreign Legion is today made up of a staff and eleven regiments or units forming a corps. They are engaged in all external operations and missions on national territory. They are part of the projection cycles of the French army. Two regiments constitute land elements of the overseas sovereignty forces and participate in the operational contract of the armed forces in Guyana and Mayotte.
 

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This us great news for South Africans, travel there is visa free. I think I'll wait and brush up on my French.
 

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Hi Jseven, It's not sure that they will take anyone else other than Réunionese. The thing is, if they are taken and accepted then the Legion will pay for their ticket as they do with Polynesians.
A good idea? :unsure:
 

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What about the Gestapo?
France paying their ticket to the Metropole means they will be signed up... have my queries
French west indies and the Guyane will be next, imo
What about the Nouvelle Calédonie ?
RIMA are going to take the hump for sure
 
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