French Foreign Legion
France had founded the French Foreign Legion (commonly referred in France as the Foreign Legion) to take part in external conflicts, support friendly countries, and to ensure the readiness of a skilled French military unit able to lead the defense of its national territory.
In conflicts where France was not directly involved, the Foreign Legion was only engaged itself in the defense operations. This way, the risks of reprisal attacks was kept minimal.
- The French Foreign Legion got its orders from the French Foreign Legion Chief of Staff (FFLCS).
- The FFLCS represented its troops during operations. This involved the creation of a newspaper to announce their presence in the foreign country and the actions to be taken by Legion troops, their registration on the foreign forum (if one exists) and discussions with the country receiving them in order to decide the battles in which the Legion should participate.
- The French Foreign Legion was made up of Foreign Parachutist Regiments (FPR) of 6 Legionnaires at maximum. FPR had a commander directly under the FFLCS.
- The FPR commanders made sure that their Legionnaires on foreign ground always had a ticket to return to France or another allied country. If a war started in France or if France had to honor an alliance treaty, all foreign operations ceased and all Legionnaires were recalled in order to take part in the new conflict.
Rights and Duties of the Legionnaire
- The FFLCS guaranteed the operational level of the French Foreign Legion and requested the necessary budgets from the Ministry of Defence.
- The FPR commander took the responsibility for the wellness and material at the disposal of its Legionnaires. A budget was allocated by the FFLCS to each commander to equip his regiment with at least a Q3 weapon and 2 moving tickets on the French marketplace.
- Because of his frequent trips, the Legionnaire was not able to be the President or a Congressman.
- The Legionnaire had to warn his employer of his departures and make sure he had a guarantee of re-employment on his return with an equivalent salary, taking into account the trends of the economic market. In case of difficulty, the FPR commander was able to intervene in the negotiations.
- The Legionnaires were advised to work during their missions, wherever they were taking place, unless they were told not to do so.
- Legionnaires might have their past actions forgotten upon their acceptance into to the Legion should they so desire (especially if they came from an enemy country); their fellow Legionnaires had to respect this decision.
- The Legionnaire had to respond within 24 hours following a summons from his commander. Failure to comply without having previously announced his or her absence resulted in immediate expulsion from the force.
- The Legion was an apolitical body. In joining the Legion, a soldier gave up his political party, became apolitical and remained in place whatever government was elected.
Becoming a Legionnaire
- The Legion was comprised of experienced soldiers (Skill > 4), of French or other nationalities.
- A minimum of two weeks of presence of French territory was required to apply for membership in the French Foreign Legion, or being recommended by another legionnaire. A Legionnaire who recommended another was responsible for their behavior throughout the duration of their Legion membership.
- Upon joining, the new Legionnaire went through a 2 week probation period to test his diligence and his capacity to forewarn his superiors of future absences. The legionnaire's budget was only allocated to him by his Commander at the conclusion of this two week probation period. A Legionnaire based abroad was not allowed to vote, however he was when in France. Failure to respect this clause was resulting in expulsion from the Legion.
End of the foreign legion
During December 2009, French congress and governments made a reform of the French Army and the reorganization of the army was total, the French Foreign Legion was disbanded and the new platoon were composed by soldiers of different forces. Furious French Froggies (FFF) were created several month after and is similar to the legion in the way it corresponds to high strength soldiers but it's not a platoon for foreign players.
This is a complete list of all FFLCS:
|April 16, 2008||Enze|
|October 1, 2008||Melkion|
|November 8, 2008||jul76|
|January 5, 2009||Kirill Nowakovski|
Tradition lives on
In May 2011 Legion etrangere arabe - LEA (Arab Foreign Legion) was founded in Western Desert, Egypt and it continues French Foreign Legion traditions.
In April 2017 in France, a unit known aswas discovered.