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The National Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
(French: Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
nationale [ʒɑ̃daʁməʁi nasjɔnal]) is one of two national police forces of France, along with the National Police. It is a branch of the French Armed Forces placed under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of the Interior—with additional duties to the Ministry of Defense. Its area of responsibility includes smaller towns, rural and suburban areas, while the Police
Police
Nationale—a civilian force—is in charge of cities and downtowns. Due to its military status, the Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
also fulfills a range of military and defense missions. The Gendarmes also have a cybercrime division. It has a strength of more than 100,000 personnel as of 2014.[1] The Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
is heir to the Maréchaussée (Marshalcy—see below), the oldest police force in France, dating back to the Middle Ages. It has influenced the culture and traditions of gendarmerie forces all around the world—and especially in the former French colonial empire.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Early history of the institution 1.2 The Revolution 1.3 Nineteenth century 1.4 Battle honours

2 Missions 3 Organization

3.1 Basic principles 3.2 Director-General 3.3 Directorate-General 3.4 Organization

3.4.1 Departmental Gendarmerie 3.4.2 Mobile Gendarmerie 3.4.3 National Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
Intervention Group 3.4.4 Republican Guard 3.4.5 Overseas Gendarmerie 3.4.6 Maritime Gendarmerie 3.4.7 Air Transport Gendarmerie 3.4.8 Air Gendarmerie 3.4.9 Ordnance Gendarmerie 3.4.10 Nuclear ordnance security Gendarmerie 3.4.11 Provost Gendarmerie

4 Foreign service 5 Uniforms 6 Ranks 7 Personnel

7.1 Prospective Centre

8 Equipment

8.1 Helicopters

9 See also 10 References 11 External links

History[edit] Early history of the institution[edit]

French Armed Forces

Components

French Air Force French Army French Navy Gendarmerie National Guard

Ranks

Ranks in the French Army Ranks in the French Navy Ranks in the French Air Force

History

Military history of France La Grande Armée

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The Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
is the direct descendant of the Marshalcy of the ancien regime, more commonly known by its French title, the Maréchaussée. During the Middle Ages, there were two Grand Officers of the Kingdom of France
France
with police responsibilities: The Marshal of France
France
and the Constable of France. The military policing responsibilities of the Marshal of France
France
were delegated to the Marshal's provost, whose force was known as the Marshalcy because its authority ultimately derived from the Marshal. The marshalcy dates back to the Hundred Years War, and some historians trace it back to the early twelfth century. Another organisation, the Constabulary (French: Connétablie), was under the command of the Constable of France. The constabulary was regularised as a military body in 1337. In 1415 the Maréchaussée fought in the Battle of Agincourt
Battle of Agincourt
and their commander, the "Prévôt des Maréchaux" (Provost of the Marshals), Gallois de Fougières, was killed in battle. His existence was rediscovered in 1934. Gallois de Fougières was then officially recorded as the first known gendarme to have died in the line of duty and his remains are now buried under the monument to the gendarmerie in Versailles. Under King Francis I (French: François Ier, who reigned 1515–1547), the Maréchaussée was merged with the Constabulary. The resulting force was also known as the Maréchaussée, or, formally, the Constabulary and Marshalcy of France
France
(French: connétablie et maréchaussée de France). Unlike the former constabulary the new Maréchaussée was not a fully militarized force. In 1720, the Maréchaussée was officially attached to the Household of the King (Maison du Roi), together with the "gendarmerie" of the time, which was not a police force at all, but a royal bodyguard. During the eighteenth century, the marshalcy developed in two distinct areas: increasing numbers of Marshalcy Companies (compagnies de marechaussée), dispersed into small detachments, were stationed around the French countryside providing law and order, while specialist units provided security for royal and strategic sites such as palaces and the mint (e.g. the garde de la prévôté de l'hôtel du roi and the prévôté des monnaies de Paris.) While its existence ensured the relative safety of French rural districts and roads, the Maréchaussée was regarded in contemporary England, which had no effective police force of any nature, as a symbol of foreign tyranny. English visitors to France
France
saw their armed and uniformed patrols as royal soldiers with an oppressive role. In 1789, on the eve of the French Revolution, the Maréchaussée numbered 3,660 men divided into small brigades (a "brigade" in this context being a squad of ten to twenty men.) The Revolution[edit] During the revolutionary period, the Maréchaussée commanders generally placed themselves under the local constitutional authorities. Despite their connection with the king, they were therefore perceived as a force favouring the reforms of the French National Assembly. As a result, the Maréchaussée Royale was not disbanded but simply renamed as the gendarmerie nationale (Law of 16 February 1791). Its personnel remained unchanged, and the functions of the force remained much as before. However, from this point, the gendarmerie, unlike the Maréchaussée became a fully military force. During the revolutionary period, the main force responsible for policing was the National Guard. Although the Maréchaussée had been the main police force of the ancien regime, the gendarmerie was initially a full-time auxiliary to the National Guard militia. In 1791 the newly named gendarmerie nationale was grouped into 28 divisions, each commanded by a colonel responsible for three départements. In turn, two companies of gendarmes under the command of captains were based in each department. This territorial basis of organisation continued throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Nineteenth century[edit]

A Gendarme d'élite de la Garde Impériale.

Under Napoléon, the numbers and responsibilities of the gendarmerie, renamed gendarmerie impériale, were significantly expanded. In contrast to the mounted Maréchaussée, the gendarmerie comprised both horse and foot personnel; in 1800 these numbered approximately 10,500 of the former and 4,500, respectively. In 1804 the first Inspector General of Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
was appointed and a general staff established—based in the rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré in Paris. Subsequently, special gendarmerie units were created within the Imperial Guard, and for combat duties in French occupied Spain. Following the Second Restoration
Second Restoration
of 1815, the gendarmerie was reduced in numbers to about 18,000 and reorganised into departmental legions. Under King Louis Phillippe
Louis Phillippe
a "gendarmerie of Africa" was created for service in Algeria
Algeria
and during the Second Empire the Imperial Guard Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
Regiment was re-established. The majority of gendarmes continued in what was now the established role of the corps—serving in small sedentary detachments as armed rural police. Under the Third Republic the ratio of foot to mounted gendarmes was increased and the numbers directly incorporated in the French Army
French Army
with a military police role reduced.[2] In 1901, the École des officiers de la gendarmerie nationale was established to train its officers. Battle honours[edit] Five battles are registered on the flag of the Gendarmerie:

Battle of Hondschoote
Battle of Hondschoote
(1793): Four hundred gendarmes of the 32nd Division (equivalent of a regiment under the Revolution) engaged in battle on the left wing of the army. They seized enemy artillery positions and lost 117 men. Villodrigo (1812): The 1st legion of Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
on horseback, belonging to the Brigade of Cavalry of the Army
Army
of the North, clashed with the British cavalry on 23 October 1812. Charging with sabres, they penetrated enemy lines, killing 250 and taking 85 prisoners. Colonel
Colonel
Béteille, commanding the brigade, received twelve sabre cuts, but he survived. Taguin (1843): Thirty gendarmes on horseback were mobilised to take part in tracking the tribe of the emir Abd-El-Kader and participated in his capture. In a painting by Horace Vernet, which immortalises the scene (and hangs in the Musée de Versailles), the gendarmes appear alongside the Algerian Governor-General, Henri d'Orléans, duc d'Aumale. Sevastopol
Sevastopol
(1855): Two infantry battalions of the Regiment of Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
of the Imperial Guard participated in taking the city. The 1st battalion seized a strategic position that contributed towards the final victory. A total of 153 Gendarmes fell. Indo-China (1945/1954): Three legions of infantrymen from the Republican Guard were formed at the end of 1946. Charged with the formation of the Cochin China Civil Guard, they assumed security roles and patrolled the borders, suffering heavy losses: 654 killed or missing, and 1,500 wounded.

The gendarmerie is still sometimes referred to as the maréchaussée (the old name for the service). The gendarmes are also occasionally called pandores, which is a slang term derived from an 18th-century Hungarian word for frontier guards. The symbol of the gendarmerie is a stylized grenade, which is also worn by the Italian Carabinieri
Carabinieri
and the Grenadier Guards
Grenadier Guards
in Britain. The budget in 2008 was approximately 7.7 billion euros.[3] Missions[edit]

The French Republican Guard
French Republican Guard
is part of the National Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
and provides security as guards of honour during official ceremonies.

In French, the term "police" not only refers to the forces, but also to the general concept of "maintenance of law and order" (policing). The Gendarmerie's missions belong to three categories:

Administrative police (police administrative), upholding public order, safety checks and traffic controls, assistance to people in imminent danger, protection duties, etc. Judicial police (police judiciaire), handling penal law enforcement and investigation of crimes and felonies Military and defense missions, including military police for the armed forces

These missions include:

The policing of the countryside, rivers, coastal areas, and small towns with populations under 20,000, that are outside of the jurisdiction of the French National Police. The Gendarmerie's area of responsibility represents approx. 95% of the French territory and 50% of the population of France Criminal investigations under judiciary supervision Maintaining law and order in public gatherings and demonstrations, including crowd control and other security activities; Police
Police
at sea Security of airports, civil nuclear sites and military installations Provision of military police services to the French military—on the French territory as well as during foreign operations (OPEX) For the Republican Guard (Garde républicaine—which is part of the Gendarmerie), participation in the state's protocol and ceremonies

Organization[edit] Basic principles[edit] The Gendarmerie, while remaining part of the French armed forces, has been attached to the Ministry of the Interior since 2009. Criminal investigations are run under the supervision of prosecutors or investigating magistrates. Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
members generally operate in uniform, and, only occasionally, in plainclothes. Director-General[edit] The Director-general
Director-general
of the Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
(DGGN) is appointed by the Council of Ministers, with the rank of Général d'Armée. The current Director-General is Général Richard Lizurey
Richard Lizurey
who took office on September 1, 2016. The Director-General organizes the operation of the Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
at two levels:

at the operational level. The DGGN is in charge of plans, operations, procurement, training and support of the forces in the field. in an advisory position for government in all matters pertaining to the Gendarmerie.

Directorate-General[edit] The Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
headquarters, called the Directorate-General of the National Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
(Fr: Direction générale de la Gendarmerie nationale (DGGN)[4]), long located in downtown Paris, had been relocated since 2012 to Issy-les-Moulineaux, a southern Paris
Paris
suburb. The Directorate-General of the national gendarmerie includes:

The general staff, divided into offices and services, The inspector-general of the Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
(I.G.G.N.) Three main directorates

Human Resource directorate (D.P.M.G.N.) Finance and Support directorate (D.S.F.) Operations directorate (D.O.E.)—The general, chief of the Operations directorate, has authority on:

Organisation and evaluation subdirectorate, International co-operation subdirectorate, Defence and public order subdirectorate, Public safety and road traffic safety subdirectorate, Criminal Investigation subdirectorate.

Two joint Gendarmerie/ Police
Police
offices

Joint Information systems office (ST(SI)2) Joint purchasing office (SAELSI)

Organization[edit] The main components of the organization are the following:

The Departmental Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
— organized in 13 Regions of the Departmental Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
(one for each of the 13 metropolitan Regions of France), each reporting directly to the Director General (DGGN) The Mobile Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
— organized in 7 Regions of the Mobile Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
(one for each of the 7 military regions of metropolitan France, called Zones of Defense and Security) The Republican Guard — organized as a separate military corps in one cavalry and two infantry regiments (all three battalion-sized) and specialized units for training and logistical support. It provides protection and ceremonial guard for the President of The Republic, the Prime Minister, their official residencies and both chambers of the French Parliament. The Overseas Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
— in charge of French overseas departments and territories, bringing together the different gendarmerie branches under unified commands in the respective overseas territories. It is also tasked with providing security to the French embassies and consulates overseas. Five specialized Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
branches:

Air Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
— military police for the French Air Force
French Air Force
and crash scene investigations involving French military aircraft under the dual subordination of the National Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
and the Air Force. Maritime Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
— military police for the French Navy
French Navy
and coast guard under the dual subordination of the National Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
and the Navy. Air Transport — security force for the civil aviation under the dual subordination of the National Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
and the Ministry of Transportation. Ordnance Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
— security and counter-intelligence force for the Direction générale de l’armement (DGA), the armament and equipment procurement, development and maintenance agency of the French Ministry of Defence. Nuclear ordnance security — security force for the French nuclear arsenal directly subordinated to the Minister of Defence. (The security of the civil nuclear powerplants and research establishments is provided by specialised units of the Departmental Gendarmerie).

The Provost Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
— military police for overseas deployments. (The functions of military police for the French Army
French Army
on French soil are fulfilled by units of the Mobile Gendarmerie). Intervention Group of the National Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
(GIGN): One of the two premier Counter-terror formations of France. Its counterpart within the National Police
Police
is the RAID. Operatives from both formations make up the protective detail of the French President (the GSPR). Operational support formations, such as the Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
air service, the forensic teams, high mountain rescue platoons, canine units, riverine, lake and diver support units etc. The education and training establishment The administration and support establishment

The above-mentioned organizations report directly to the Director General (DGGN) with the exception of the Republican Guard, which reports to the Île-de- France
France
region. The reserve force numbers 25,000 (not included in the 100,000 total). It is managed by the Departmental Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
at the regional level. Departmental Gendarmerie[edit] Main article: Departmental Gendarmerie

Four Departmental Gendarmes.

The Departmental Gendarmerie, or Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
Départementale, also named «La Blanche»[5] (The White), is the most numerous part of the Gendarmerie, in charge of police in small towns and rural areas. Its territorial divisions are based on the administrative divisions of France, particularly the departments from which the Departmental Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
derives its name. The Departmental Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
carries out the general public order duties in municipalities with a population of up to 20 000 citizens.[6] When that limit is exceeded, the jurisdiction over the municipality is turned over to the National Police. It is divided into 13 metropolitan regions[7] (including Corsica), themselves divided into groupements (one for each of the 100 département, thus the name), themselves divided into compagnies (one for each of the 342 arrondissements). It maintains gendarmerie brigades throughout the rural parts of the territory. There are two kind of brigades:

Large autonomous territorial brigades (BTAs) Brigade groups composed of smaller brigades supervised by a larger one (COBs).

In addition, it has specialised units:

Research units, who conduct criminal investigations when their difficulty exceeds the abilities of the territorial units Surveillance and intervention platoons (PSIGs), who conduct roving patrols and reinforce local units as needed. Specialized brigades for prevention of juvenile delinquency Highway patrol
Highway patrol
units. Mountain units, specialised in surveillance and search and rescue operations, as well as inquiries in mountainous areas

In addition, the Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
runs a national criminal police institute (Institut de recherche criminelle de la gendarmerie nationale) specializing in supporting local units for difficult investigations. The research units may be called into action by the judiciary even within cities (i.e. in the National Police's area of responsibility). As an example, the Paris
Paris
research section of the Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
was in charge of the investigations into the vote-rigging allegations in the 5th district of Paris
Paris
(see corruption scandals in the Paris
Paris
region). Gendarmes normally operate in uniform. They may operate in plainclothes only for specific missions and with their supervisors' authorisation. Mobile Gendarmerie[edit] Main article: Mobile Gendarmerie

Mobile gendarmes during a demonstration

The Mobile Gendarmerie, or Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
Mobile, also named « La Jaune » (The Yellow), is currently divided into 7 Defense zones (Zones de Défense). It comprises 18 Groupings (Groupements de Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
mobile) featuring 109 squadrons[8] for a total of approx. 12,000 men and women.[1] Its main responsibilities are:

crowd and riot control general security in support of the Departmental Gendarmerie military and defense missions missions that require large amounts of personnel (Vigipirate counter-terrorism patrols, searches in the countryside...)

Nearly 20% of the Mobile Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
squadrons are permanently deployed on a rotational basis in the French overseas territories. Other units deploy occasionally abroad alongside French troops engaged in military operations (called external operations or OPEX).

GBGM riot control training

The civilian tasks of the gendarmes mobiles are similar to those of the police units known as Compagnies Républicaines de Sécurité (CRS), for which they are often mistaken. Easy ways to distinguish them include:

the uniform of the CRS is dark blue, the gendarmes mobiles are clad in black jackets and dark blue trousers; the CRS wear a big red CRS patch; the gendarmes have stylised grenades. the helmet of the gendarmes mobiles is blue. The CRS helmet is black with two yellow stripes

The Mobile Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
includes GBGM (Groupement Blindé de la Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
Nationale), an Armoured grouping composed of seven squadrons equipped with VXB
VXB
armoured personnel carriers, better known in the Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
as VBRG (Véhicule Blindé à Roues de la Gendarmerie, " Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
armoured wheeled vehicle"). It is based at Versailles-Satory. The unit also specializes in CBRN defense. National Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
Intervention Group[edit] Main article: GIGN

GIGN
GIGN
operators

GIGN
GIGN
(Groupe d'intervention de la Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
nationale) is an elite law enforcement and special operations unit numbering about 400 personnel. Its missions include counter-terrorism, hostage rescue, surveillance of national threats, protection of government officials and targeting of organized crime.[9] GIGN
GIGN
was established in 1974 following the Munich massacre. Created initially as a relatively small SWAT
SWAT
unit specialized in sensitive hostage situations, it has since grown into a larger and more diversified force of nearly 400 members,[10] Many of its missions are classified, and members are not allowed to be publicly photographed. Since its formation, GIGN
GIGN
has been involved in over 1,800 missions and rescued more than 600 hostages, making it one of the most experienced counter-terrorism units in the world.[11] The unit came into prominence following its successful assault on a hijacked Air France
France
flight at Marseille
Marseille
Marignane airport in December 1994. Republican Guard[edit]

Republican Guard—Élysée Palace, Paris

Main article: Republican Guard The Republican Guard is a ceremonial unit based in Paris. Their missions include:[12]

Guarding important public buildings in Paris
Paris
such as the Élysée Palace, the residence of the Prime Minister of France, Hôtel Matignon, the Senate, the National Assembly, the Hall of Justice, and keeping public order in Paris. Honour and security services for the highest national personalities and important foreign guests; Support of other law enforcement forces (with intervention groups, or horseback patrols); Staffing horseback patrol stations, particularly for the forests of the Île-de- France
France
region;

Overseas Gendarmerie[edit] The non-metropolitan branches include units serving in the French overseas départements and territories (such as the Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon), staff at the disposal of independent States for technical co-operation, Germany, security guards in French embassies and consulates abroad. Maritime Gendarmerie[edit] Main article: Maritime Gendarmerie Placed under the dual supervision of the Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
and the Navy, its missions include:[12]

police and security in the naval bases; maritime surveillance; police at sea; assistance and rescue at sea.

Air Transport Gendarmerie[edit] Main article: Air Transport Gendarmerie The Air Transport Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
( Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
des Transports Aériens) is placed under the dual supervision of the Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
and the direction of civilian aviation of the transportation ministry, its missions include:[12]

police and security in civilian airfields and airports; filtering access to aircraft, counter-terrorism and counter-narcotic activities, freight surveillance; surveillance of technical installations of the airports (control tower...); traffic control on the roads within the airports; protection of important visitors; judiciary inquiries pertaining to accidents of civilian aircraft.

Air Gendarmerie[edit] Main article: Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
de l'Air The Air Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
( Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
de l'Air) is placed under the dual supervision of the Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
and the Air Force, it fulfills police and security missions in the air bases, and goes on the site of an accident involving military aircraft.[12] Ordnance Gendarmerie[edit] The Ordnance Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
( Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
de l'Armement) fulfills police and security missions in the establishments of the Délégation Générale pour l'Armement (France's defence procurement agency).[12] Nuclear ordnance security Gendarmerie[edit] As the name implies, this branch is in charge of all security missions pertaining to France's nuclear forces. Provost Gendarmerie[edit] The Provost Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
( Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
prévôtale), created in 2013, is the military police of the French Army
French Army
deployed outside metropolitan France. Foreign service[edit] Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
units have served in:

Syria Lebanon Algeria Kosovo Rwanda Ivory Coast Bosnia-Herzegovina Haiti Central Africa Macedonia Afghanistan

Uniforms[edit] The uniform of the Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
has undergone many changes since the establishment of the corps. Throughout most of the 19th century a wide bicorne was worn with a dark blue coat or tunic. Trousers were light blue. White aiguillettes were a distinguishing feature. In 1905 the bicorne was replaced by a dark blue kepi with white braiding, which had increasingly been worn as a service headdress. A silver crested helmet with plume, modelled on that of the French cuirassiers was adopted as a parade headdress until 1914. Following World War I a relatively simple uniform was adopted for the Gendarmerie, although traditional features such as the multiple-cord aiguillette and the dark blue/light blue colour combination were retained. Since 2006 a more casual "relaxed uniform" has been authorised for ordinary duties (see photograph below). The kepi however continues in use for dress occasions. Special
Special
items of clothing and equipment are issued for the various functions required of the Gendarmerie. The cavalry and infantry of the Republican Guard retain historic ceremonial uniforms dating from the 19th century.

Renault Mégane
Renault Mégane
with the new gendarmerie colors

Gendarmes in a relaxed uniform, with soft hats

Gendarmerie's motorcycles

Air Transport Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
Bastille Day 2013 Paris

gendarmerie Mobile

Some gendarmes mobiles equipped with shields, FAMAS and gas mask

Riot control gear: body armour, shield, tear gas mask, apparatus for throwing tear gas canisters.

Ranks[edit] Officiers Généraux (General Officers)

Grade (Rank) Insignia Rank

Général d'Armée ( Army
Army
General)

Général de Corps d'Armée (Corps General)

Général de Division (Divisional General)

Général de Brigade (Brigade General)

Officiers supérieurs (Senior Officers)

Grade (Rank) Insignia Rank Départementale Insignia Rank Mobile Corps administratif et technique Insignia Rank Garde républicaine

Colonel (Colonel)

Lieutenant-Colonel ( Lieutenant
Lieutenant
Colonel)

Chef d'Escadron (Squadron Leader) (Major)

Officers Subalternes (Junior Officers)

Grade (Rank) Insignia Rank Départementale Insignia Rank Mobile Corps administratif et technique Insignia Rank Garde républicaine

Capitaine (Captain)

Lieutenant (Lieutenant)

Sous-Lieutenant (Sub-Lieutenant) (Second Lieutenant)

Aspirant (Aspirant)

Élève Officier (Officer Cadet)

Sous-officers (Sub-Officers)

Grade (Rank) Insignia Rank Départementale Insignia Rank Mobile Insignia Rank Corps de soutien Insignia Rank Garde républicaine

Major

Adjudant-Chef (Chief Adjutant) (Warrant Officer Class One)

Adjudant (Adjutant) (Warrant Officer Class Two)

Maréchal des Logis-Chef (Chief Marshal of Lodgings) (Staff Sergeant)

Gendarme (Gendarme) (Sergeant)

Gendarme sous contrat (Junior Gendarme) (Sergeant)

Élève Sous-officer ( Sub-Officer Cadet)

Militaire du Rang (Serviceman of the Rank)

Grade (Rank) Insignia Rank Départementale & Mobile

Gendarme Adjoint Maréchal-des-logis (Deputy Gendarme Marshal of Lodgings) (Sergeant)

Gendarme Adjoint Brigadier
Brigadier
Chef (Deputy Gendarme Chief-Brigadier) (Corporal)

Gendarme Adjoint Brigadier (Deputy Gendarme Brigadier) (Lance Corporal)

Gendarme Adjoint 1ère Classe (Deputy Gendarme First Class)

Gendarme Adjoint (Deputy Gendarme)

Personnel[edit] The National Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
consisted of approx. 103,481 personnel units in 2006. Career gendarmes are either commissioned or non-commissioned officers. The lower ranks consist of auxiliary gendarmes on limited-time/term contracts. The 103,481 military personnel of the National Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
is divided into:[13]

5,789 officers and 78,354 NCOs of gendarmerie; 237 officers and 3,824 NCOs of the technical and administrative body; 15,277 section volunteers, from voluntary gendarmes (AGIV) and voluntary assistant gendarmes (GAV); 1,908 civilian personnel are divided into civil servants, state workers and contracted workers; 40,000 reserve personnel. This reserve force had not yet reached the authorised size limit. Only 25,000 men and women were signed up for reserve engagements (E.S.R.).[14]

This personnel mans the following units:

Départemental Gendarmerie

1,055 Community brigades; 697 autonomous brigades ; 370 Surveillance and Intervention Platoons (PSIG); 271 Dog-handling Teams; 17 Mountain Platoons; 92 Departmental Brigades for Investigations and Judicial Services; 383 Research sections and brigades; 14 Air Sections; 7 River Brigades; 26 Coastal brigades; 93 departmental squadrons for roadway security; 136 Highway Platoons; 37 brigades for the prevention of juvenile delinquency; 21 Centers for Information and Recruitment.

Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
Mobile

108 squadrons 6 Special
Special
Security Platoons.

Special
Special
formations

5 squadrons and 10 companies of Republican Guard; 40 brigades of gendarmerie for air transports and research sections (BGTA); 8 Protection Units; 19 Air sections and detachments; 18 gendarmerie armament units.

Other units

3 673 personnel overseas posts; 74 brigades and postes of the maritime gendarmerie; 54 brigades of Air Gendarmerie; 23 schools and Instruction Centers.[14]

Prospective Centre[edit] The Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
nationale's Prospective Centre (CPGN), which was created in 1998 by an ordinance of the Minister for Defence, is one of the gendarmerie's answers to officials' willingness to the modernise the State. Under the direct authority of the general director of the gendarmerie, it is located in Penthièvre barracks on avenue Delcassé in Paris
Paris
and managed by Mr Frédéric LENICA, (assisted by a general secretary, Colonel
Colonel
LAPPRAND) "maître des requêtes" in the Conseil d'Etat.[15] Equipment[edit] Helicopters[edit] The Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
has used helicopters since 1954. They are part of the Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
air forces (French: Forces aériennes de la Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
or FAG—not to be confused with the Air Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
or the Air Transport Gendarmerie). FAG units are attached to each of the seven domestic "zonal" regions and six overseas COMGEND ( Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
commands). They also operate for the benefit of the National Police
Police
which owns no helicopters (the Police
Police
also has access to Civil Security helicopters). Forces aériennes de la Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
(FAG) operate a fleet of 55 machines belonging to three types and specialized in two basic missions: surveillance/intervention and rescue/intervention.

Eurocopter AS350 Écureuil: 26 machines (surveillance/intervention) Eurocopter EC135: 15 machines (surveillance/intervention) Eurocopter EC-145: 14 machines (rescue/intervention)

Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
helicopters

AS350 Écureuil.

EC-135

EC-145

See also[edit]

France
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Airborne Units of the National Gendarmerie Law enforcement in France Le Gendarme de Saint-Tropez—cult comedy series GendBuntu—the version of the Ubuntu open source operating system developed by the Gendarmerie
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References[edit]

^ a b c MEMOGENDV6 information brochure edited by SIRPA-G, the Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
information bureau. The 100,000 figure includes approx 3,600 civilians. ^ Edouard Detaille, pages 281-293, "L'Armee Francaise", ISBN 0-9632558-0-0 ^ "2008 Budget Bill, French Senate". Senat.fr. 2010-12-21. Retrieved 2017-09-07.  ^ fr:Direction générale de la Gendarmerie
Gendarmerie
nationale ^ After the colour of the silver stripes that the gendarmes wear on their kepis, as opposed to the golden stripes of the Mobile Gendarmerie. ^ "Comment sont définies les zones police et gendarmerie - Le Parisien". Leparisien.fr. Retrieved 2017-09-07.  ^ Since 2016, metropolitan France
France
has been divided into 12 administrative regions. ^ Squadron in the British sense of the term. The equivalent US unit would be a troop or a company. ^ Peachy, Paul. "Who are GIGN? Elite police force formed after 1972 Olympics attack on Israelis". The Independent. The Independent. Retrieved 27 April 2016.  ^ circa 570 with the regional branches. ^ Gend'Info (the Gendarmerie's information magazine) December 2014 issue ^ a b c d e http://www.defense.gouv.fr/gendarmerie/votre_espace/contents_in_english/organisation/special_branches/special_branches ^ http://www.defense.gouv.fr/gendarmerie/votre_espace/contents_in_english/personnel/personnel ^ a b http://www.defense.gouv.fr/gendarmerie/decouverte/moyens/effectifs/repartition/repartition_des_effectifs ^ http://www.defense.gouv.fr/gendarmerie/votre_espace/contents_in_english/gendarmerie_nationale_s_prospective_centre_cpgn/gendarmerie_nationale_s_prospective_centre_cpgn

Gilbert MAUREL "la guerre d'un gendarme en Algérie" ed L'Harmattan. ISBN 978-2-336-00943-8.

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