How does the 2 REP (FFL) compare to the British Paras?

I thought it was a new computer game, world of slaves?
It appears to be a grammatical and geographical error. Although "slave" is French for "slav" (and leads to misinterpretation that word denotes the origin for the word "esclave" or slave). In good French, you can write "Monde slave" where "slave" is the adjective which describes the noun and agrees with it - "The Slav world". Or you can write "Monde des slaves" meaning "World of Slavs". "Monde Slaves" is just bad French. In addition many of the peoples of the lands termed as central-European and "Balkanique" would state that they are also part of the "Slav world". The same error was made when describing the "Arab world" (The map was probably compiled by a geographically confused non-Francophone Legion SNCO :) ).

As an aside the word "slav" is a simplification of the slavs own terms for themselves, such as the Polish "Słowianie" which comes from "słowo" meaning "word" - thus they are people of the word as opposed to "Niemcy" which denotes the Germans and come from the word "niemy" which means mute and which itself probably originated from "nie my" meaning "not us" dating back to when the proto-Slav and proto-Germanic tribes shared the same territories.
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I wonder if the Slav percentage is mostly eastie beasties or resortissents russe seeking alternatives to Russian PMCs like Wagner, ENOT, etc?
I would say a bit of both (if you mean central Asians and far Easterners by "eastie beastie). Of the Russians Belarussians and Ukrainians that join, I would expect most of them to be economic migrants wanting a quick avenue for higher wages and an eventual French passport. Some will be of a more martial nature who like the idea of soldiering and the better terms and conditions (and opportunities) offered in France. A minority will be planted by GRU/FSB (some as potential longer term assets) - though the recruiters at Aubagne will be aware of this.

From the last two categories there will be some who progress onto Russian PMCs where they will be valued for their extra skill sets, experience and particularly for the French language. I would hazard a guess that the current large Wagner deployment in the Central African Republic is greatly facilitated by the presence of a number of former Legionnaires in the Wagner ranks.
Despite it being one of the original requirements for this aircraft; there is still a major design problem with deploying paras through the side doors of the A400M and this cannot be achieved yet.
A fairly critical point. The C-130 ramp had periodic failures on HALO / HAHO training ops causing both door bundle loads in particular to be reconfigured for side door exits.
Efforts even as far back as the '70's were designed into the load carriage systems to ensure versatility for either ramp or door exits. UK free-fall troops had a particular design overcome to address as our system of Bergen carriage was arse mounted as opposed to the French method of the musette being front mounted. Try gauging a door exit with 60 kilos strapped to your arse.
Boat troops had it harder with the loads being split between the patrol and then spending effort in mid Atlantic to RV with each other to join the motor with the rubber floaty bits et al. Launching the craft fully laden off the ramp was the obvious answer, hence the critical requirement for the ramp.
The C-130 has the - slip stream deflector plates to assist with door exits.
Wouldn't it be simpler if they all spoke English!
Many do, the younger generations of Poles have learned / are all learning English. As for the Germans it is mostly the ubiquitous second language apart from a few older generation Ossies. I have done quite a bit of work for a large German multinational where the primary working language is English. When once hitting my head against a wall when trying to explain the reasoning behind certain security restrictions to a particularly obtuse German engineer with limited English, things were getting to an angry impasse and he shouted "Vai du yu not spik German?" By this stage I had had enough and stated back in a firm voice "Because we won the war!"

The knowledge of English among the cadres of the Foreign Legion (and the French Army in general) has increased tremendously since I was a Legionnaire in the early-to-mid eighties. This is due to the multi-nationalisation of operations and the re-integration of France into NATO. It is now "de-riguer" for senior NCO's and Officers to attend English lessons and achieve a modicum of proficiency in the language should they aspire for further promotion. When I was in, English speakers were in the extreme minority. As a very junior Legionnaire, I had to interpret between my Company Commander and his USMC opposite number when we handed over our positions to them in Beirut port in 1982 before moving onto the "Green Line".
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From the A400M posts above - seriously , the side-doors are still not usable? (Insert mouth-on-the-floor-plus-dismay icon). An air mobility aircraft that can't lob paras properly?


The knowledge of English among the cadres of the Foreign Legion (and the French Army in general) has increased tremendously since I was a Legionnaire in the early-to-mid eighties. This is due to the multi-nationalisation of operations and the re-integration of France into NATO. It is now "de-riguer" for senior NCO's and Officers to attend English lessons and achieve a modicum of proficiency in the language should they aspirre for further promotion.
Perhaps the Canadian forces should follow this example
Interesting wings on the right shoulder of the new CEMAT (Chief of Army Staff) Jean Pierre BOSSER visible on the Saint Michel video you posted fairmaidofperth at 2.27'

Also visible on this older picture

or here

But its European!
Its European what?
Probably false promises in this case.
But yes, it's a European aircraft.
In addition to 2 REP celebrating St Michel in with a detachment in Paris alongside detachments of other French parachute troops (as mentioned above), much of the Regiment manning a Battle Group on Ops in the Sahel (Op drop in Mali mentioned above) the part of the Regiment left in Calvi tabbed it up the Cosican mountains and held a parade at Lac Nino (alt 1700m):





The above photos are from the official 2 REP Twitter and Facebook feeds.
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Legionnaires training Malian troops - facilitated by having a Malian Legionnaire on the training team who can speak Bamakan, one of the local lingos:

From "Le Mammouth" an informed French blog on defence-related issues:
Le mamouth: Le 2e REP remet les OAP en selle
Rough idiomatic translation:

2 REP puts airborne operations back in the picture.
This week, for the third time in five years, 2 REP carried out an operational jump by a formed unit (COMMENT: i.e. not just a small SF insertion drop) in the Sahel. This makes it the most prolific user of this method of operation, because in each of its recent deployments to this theatre (in 2013, 2015 and 2018 ) it has carried out missions dropping between eighty and 220 paratroopers. Its GCP (Pathfinder/Tier 2 SF) elements have also regularly infiltrated by this method, whether it is within the scope of the Cobra grouping (a Theatre level asset) or as the GCP of the Battle Group GTD-I (2 REP led Battle Group).

Since 2015, under different auspices, each of the following have undertaken one operational jump as a formed unit: 8 RPIMa and 35 RAP on "Koumana" Operations (COMMENT: blocking/area denial operations), 1 RHP and 1 RCP on reassurance and support of FAMa (COMMENT: Malian armed forces deployments); and elements of 17 RGP undertook two operational jumps in 2013.

Over and above this elevated airborne activity, 2 REP has also three times carried out amphibious insertions of its troops using the Niger river, thus reminding us of its multiple specialist capabilities. This was done with the support of its comrades in 17 RGP, who supplied part of the concept, the landing craft and the security screen vessels.

With this weeks para-drop, the Regiment has achieved several "firsts": This was the first operational drop from an Atlas A400M and (as was confirmed by the only official picture released - COMMENT: see below) it marked the return to operational use of the EPC (COMMENT: A French low-level parachute, see: after several years of review/upgrade. With functioning EPC's and the Atlas A400M approved for drops off the rear ramp, perhaps the followers of Saint-Michel (COMMENT: Patron Saint of Paratroopers) will have much to cheer about in the future.

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Legionnaires preparing for a training drop from Helicopters. The trianing jump tempo is maintained relatively high at 2 REP, with regular visits to Calvi by both fixed and rotary wing air assets from all three services. Most Repmen do far more than the six jumps needed to maintain the qualification each year. Different airframes, altitude levels, equipment loads, tactical formations, landing zones (land and sea) are all practiced for both paradrop and helicopter assault, so that the Regiment maintains a very flexible level of compentency for all airborne insertions.
I've posted similar summaries of French operational deployments before, but this graphic is very good:

The Op deployment in mainland France is Op Sentinelle.
"Une vache portugaise" in his case :)
Nah, he's Spanish. I knew him by another name when he was the sharpshooter ("tireur d'elite") on the FRF1 on my fire team in Chad in '84. Cracking bloke - always thought he'd do well.

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