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The Foreign Legion, ketchup and Foie Gras

Old 12th Aug 2019, 07:07
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The Foreign Legion, ketchup and Foie Gras

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/k...gion-kxzdj7wxs

Ketchup on foie gras? That’s too foreign for the Franch Foreign Legion

The French Foreign Legion is never short of recruits. They come from more than 140 countries and join in the search for adventure, discipline and a new identity to put aside past troubles. But the French themselves seem reluctant to sign up to what is widely considered to be the toughest branch of the army.

Now the legion has begun a recruitment campaign on France’s beaches in the hope of wooing homegrown candidates. Officers have been driving to the country’s most popular resorts in a van marked: Légion étrangère, rejoins nos valeurs (Foreign Legion, join our values). Their mission is to try to convince young, single French men that a legionnaire’s life is more attractive than it has been made to seem in novels such as Beau Geste, the 1924 work by the British author PC Wren.

The legion has always incorporated Frenchmen, including General Thierry Burkhard, who was appointed head of the country’s army last month. However, their numbers are falling and less than 10 per cent of the 10,000 or so people who apply to join the legion every year are French.

Sergeant Major Sang-Jin Lee, who is involved in the recruitment drive on the beaches, said that the legion’s foreign recruits are no longer adopting French customs because of the absence of homegrown legionnaires to act as guides. He said that the problem was underlined recently when three foreign recruits put ketchup and mayonnaise on their foie gras. He said that the force, which was founded in 1831, needed French recruits to “transmit the language and the culture”.

The need has been made more acute by the modernisation of the French army’s light armoured vehicles, tanks and missile launchers and their link-up with information technology systems. The programme, codenamed Scorpion, involves an overhaul of equipment and requires a good level of French to understand it, according to specialists.

The legion is struggling because only 16 per cent of its members are from French-speaking countries. Its aim is to increase the proportion to at least 20 per cent by 2025.........


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Old 12th Aug 2019, 10:00
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A few points.

Marital status does not matter to the Legion, they accept single, married or divorced recruits.
The ability to speak/understand French is not a requirement but recruits need to grasp the core of the language quickly. The NCOs have a knack of getting recruits to respond rapidly to instructions in a manner that defies language barriers.

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Delighted to hear that recruits put ketchup on their foie gras. Disgusting stuff!
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So the Legion is playing ketchup?
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I don't know if it is still the case but their officers were always french, usually the top achievers at St. Cyr.
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Perhaps there is a clue in the name, the French FOREIGN Legion?
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Didn't they even have the formal requirement to officially be not french when joining? Like french people pretended to be swiss in order to be able to join for some long time? Officers where in fact french forever but regular french army staff.
But why would a french guy not join the regular french forces right away and opt for the legion instead?

That's what they earn:
https://special-ops.org/72/salaries-...oreign-legion/
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But why would a french guy not join the regular french forces right away and opt for the legion instead?
​​​​​​​I forget......
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Delighted to hear that recruits put ketchup on their foie gras. Disgusting stuff!
Yes, a brit talking about what good food is, yea, right
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Originally Posted by Less Hair View Post
1. Didn't they even have the formal requirement to officially be not french when joining? Like french people pretended to be swiss in order to be able to join for some long time?
2. Officers where in fact french forever but regular french army staff.
3. But why would a french guy not join the regular french forces right away and opt for the legion instead?
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In late 1978 (when Batco enlisted in the Legion)..
1. Yes. Belgian and Canadian (Quebecois) nationality was popularly claimed. Swiss less so in my recollection.
2. Yes.
3. The contract was the same as those Frenchmen who volunteered (as opposed to conscripted) for the French military, so why not go for the 'glamour' and kudos of the Legion? One or two claimed to be 'se plonquant' ie hiding themselves.

As to the food and condiments, rustic French throughout (but not in great quantities).
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No apology arketip. Our animal welfare standards in the UK are by no means perfect, but they are improving year on year. Having seen how the French treat geese to produce this so called "delicacy" I have no hesitation in describing it as disgusting.
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Even with the headline. It‘s not like the french foreign legion get‘s to eat foie gras all the time.
And in fact it is some fantastic tasting delicacy.
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Not to mention Ortolan......
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Hell I have put ketchup on FG not so difference to put it on meat lol.

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Originally Posted by Tankertrashnav View Post
No apology arketip. Our animal welfare standards in the UK are by no means perfect, but they are improving year on year. Having seen how the French treat geese to produce this so called "delicacy" I have no hesitation in describing it as disgusting.

Except that lie had been exposed before ttn.
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Old 13th Aug 2019, 10:28
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I would think that putting ketchup on "Le Boudin" would be a far greater crime?
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