“The missions of special forces will evolve”

INTERVIEW – The former “deputy head of operations” at the army staff assures us that the special forces will always be as useful in the conflicts of tomorrow.

General Grégoire de Saint-Quentin has just bid farewell to arms. After having been commander of the 1is RPIMa, he was successively GCOS, that is to say commander of the special forces, and “sub-chief of operations”, responsible to the chief of staff for operations of the French armies. He has just been made a Grand Officer of the Legion of Honor.

LE FIGARO. – What message do you want to send to young Special Forces recruits?

GENERAL DE SAINT-QUENTIN. – The DNA of 1is RPIMa will not change. But the missions will evolve taking into account international tensions, the return of the game of powers, new assumptions of engagement below the threshold of war. With more symmetrical power relations, the adversary’s air superiority or his capacity to scramble, intercept or exploit our communications come back into the realm of possibilities. All this must be integrated by the young “SAS” of the regiment. But they have already started working on this

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