Saturday, July 31, 2010 12:34:19 AM America/Los_Angeles
The king also used the Legion to remove disruptive elements, putting them to use fighting France’s enemies. With so many failed revolutionaries from the rest of Europe, soldiers remaining from the disbanded foreign regiments and troublemakers in general, the Legion found no difficulty swelling its ranks.After the July Revolution in 1830, the last king of France, Louis-Philippe, needed to resolve what to do with foreigners who were forbidden to serve in the French Army. His solution: The French Foreign Legion. The Legion is composed of volunteers between the ages of 18 and 40; recruits have been allowed to enlist under a pseudonym, and be of any nationality, as long as they passed physical and medical tests and had no criminal convictions. While its formation may have been questionable, its growth has been strong and the Foreign Legion has established an honorable history of defending France and its allies with engagements throughout the globe including Morocco, Tunisia, Indochina, Tahiti and French Guiana.
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