I think that (the forward RAP surgical team) was what was being loaded onto the RAF Chinook in the clip I linked to above.The French don’t do “MERT” as we’d recognise it from HERRICK, for a whole host of reasons.
First of all, Mali is not Helmandshire, so the range and scale of medical care change are very different.
Second, the methodology of injury is not necessarily the same, thus the style of medical care will be different.
Thirdly, and most importantly, the French philosophy of medical care is as national as the UK one. To transpose it to the civilian sector, SAMU/SMUR is not the same as our local Ambulance trust. “Stay and Play” (to use the parlance) is much more entrenched, and thus Doctors are normally much further “forward”. In French Military Medical Doctrine, each Coy Gp will be provided with a fully trained GP (with trauma upskilling) in the RAP, with a Surgical Team much further forward than we’d expect. If your French is good enough, the doctrine can be found at