“The Foreign Legion and the XV of France have common values”

EXCLUSIVE MAINTENANCE – The corps commander of the 1er REC, which has been hosting the Blues since Monday, tells the Figaro the scope of this exchange led to reoccur.

Since Monday, and for ten days, the XV of France, which is preparing for the Six Nations Tournament (entry into the running on February 6 against Italy), is immersed in the 1is foreign cavalry regiment. Created in 1921 and specialized in combat on board armored vehicles, it is made up of 900 men of 80 different nationalities. And served, among others, in Ivory Coast, Afghanistan, Lebanon and, recently, in Mali. The commander of the 1is REC, Colonel Henri Leinekugel Le Cocq, tells the Figaro this first exchange is set to continue.

LE FIGARO.- What is the genesis of this exchange between the 1is REC and the XV of France?

Colonel LEINEKUGEL LE COCQ. – Max Guazzini (former president of the Stade Français, editor’s note) is colonel of the regiment’s citizen reserve. He made the bridge between the two worlds. I met Fabien Galthié last October. He had the will to toughen the training of the XV of France, which echoed that of the Foreign Legion to toughen…

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