I hope I didn’t come across as knocking the Legion as soldiers. They’re very good indeed. They are well trained, very disciplined in the field and with first rate, tough, experienced NCO’s.
I’ve always thought that the idea of the Legion is very good. Casualties to the Legion are seldom reported - as far as the French public are concerned, they are ‘foreigners’. If it were French lads dying, they’d do what the French always do when they’re upset - burn some cars. The Legion allows the French government to, when it suits them, use military force without worrying too much about domestic politics.
They would in my opinion be invaluable in Afghanistan, if the actual French brass could be convinced to stay at home.]]>