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March or die, erm, take a bubble bath.

Or the more traditional 'marche ou crève', both being the motto of the French Foreign Legion.

Anyway, in perhaps the least surprising research finding since a Swedish academic discovered that old people move more quickly when in a hurry, a French group - L'Association de défense des droits des militaires (Adefromil) - unveils the shock finding that it is a bit tough in the FFL:

"The Legion works on a system of pressure. The guys are kept [in line] by force and by threats...commanders have power over them, because they are all foreigners: they decide on certificates of good conduct, which determine residency permits".

While being nicer to the grunts would be a beau geste, one does note that the FFL's reputation as being the hard nuts' hard nuts was not won lightly. I cannot lay hands on the reference, but supposedly the FFL was the furthest into Iraq of any force (excluding special forces types) when Gulf War I was brought to a halt.

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Anonymous Geoff said... 3:32 pm

So basically Beau Geste is okay, but his brother Beau Nidle shouldn't apply?  



Blogger Croydonian said... 3:45 pm

Groan.....  



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