The French Foreign Legion recruiting office happens to be down the road in Aubagne, just east of Marseilles. Young men from around the world can be seen lining up with their duffle bags in the morning in hopes of making the cut. If you’re a man between the ages of 17 and 40 and in incredible physical condition you can give it a go. Keep in mind your first mission is for 5 years.
Today there are just about 7700 Legionnaires from over 146 countries serving France. http://french-foreign-legion.com
The recruiting office and training ground is also home to the Museum of the French Foreign Legion and it can be visited year round. This is where I made the most unexpected discovery; Cole Porter and Nicolas de Stael are both Legionnaires. Go to www.legion-recrute.com and then click on musee for information on the Museum.
Founded by the French Army in 1831 for foreign nationals wanting to fight for France, the Foreign Legion has always been known as the military elite. Their uniforms include green and red epaulettes and the famous white képi. Their logo is the flaming grenade. These soldiers whose hallmark is bravery refer to the Legion as their fatherland.