• Short Summary

    A TRADITION EXISTING FOR MORE THAN 130 YEARS HAS BEEN BROKEN BY THE RECENT DECISION TO MOVE THE FRENCH FOREIGN LEGION FROM ALGERIA TO QUARTERS ON FRENCH HOME SOIL.

  • Description

    A TRADITION EXISTING FOR MORE THAN 130 YEARS HAS BEEN BROKEN BY THE RECENT DECISION TO MOVE THE FRENCH FOREIGN LEGION FROM ALGERIA TO QUARTERS ON FRENCH HOME SOIL. WHEN THE FORCE WAS CREATED IN 1831, IT WAS DECREED THAT THE LEGION COULD SERVE ONLY OUTSIDE FRANCE'S CONTINENTAL BOUNDARIES. THIS WAS LATER AMENDED TO EXCLUDE WARTIME.

    UNDER THE TERMS OF THE EVIAN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT AND THE ALGERIAN MOSLEM NATIONALIST, THE LEGION WAS TO LEAVE ITS LEGENDARY ALGERIAN BASE AT SIDI BEL ABBES, WITHIN THREE YEARS OF ALGERIAN INDEPENDENCE. ALREADY THE FORCE IS BEING WITHDRAWN, BUT NOT DISBANDED.

    FILM SHOT JUNE 26, AT CORTE ON THE ISLAND OF CORSICA, SHOW MORE THAN 900 TROOPS ARRIVING AT A TRAINING CENTRE. TEMPORARY QUARTERS FOR THE MAIN BODY OF THE LEGION HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED NEAR HYERES ON THE FRENCH RIVIERA. THE FIRST BODY OF 1,000 MEN OF THE 1ST REGIMENT WILL REMAIN THERE UNTIL PERMANENT QUARTERS ARE PREPARED, PROBABLY NEAR-BY.

    SOME LEGIONARIES HAVE ALREADY BEEN POSTED TO BASES IN FRENCH SOMALILAND AND MADAGASCAR, AND OTHERS ARE TO BE SENT TO FRENCH GUIANA. THE PRESENT STRENGTH OF THE LEGION IS AROUND 14,000 MEN.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6RSCHOIJCXSV20KG6XUKLNBHM
    Media URN:
    VLVA6RSCHOIJCXSV20KG6XUKLNBHM
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/06/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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