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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 4, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta -J- weenesfloy, July 4, 1979 THI UIHMIDOE HEUAtO 31 Beau Gestein a sarong: Foreign Legion finds new role in Polynesia PAPEETE, Tahiti CAP) The Beau Gerte generation wouldn't believe it the French Foreign legion in hammocks and sarongs, build- ing roads in the South Seas without a camel in sight. The legion just isn't the same old last resort for ro- mantics and misfits spoiling for a fight. Here, the main task is helping build facilities to test the nuclear weapons to put their style of battle out of fashion. The Tahiti contingent, offi- cers here say, is one of the six remaining legion regi- ments. Only a unit in French Somaliland and another far- ther down the east coast of Africa in Madagascar are based outside of France. And camels went out years ago. "Yes, there are men who miss a good said IA.- Col. Henri Riou, a 26-year vet- eran and the top legion officer Jiere. "Today we are moto- rized, modernized. There is no more folklore." In Tahiti and in neighboring Polynesian islands, about 600 legionnaires work with 300 regular army men in a mixed construction unit. Their 5th Regiment standard, strung with ribbons from Indochina in 1880 and later North Africa skirmishes, bangs in the office of their career army engineer. The legion left Indochina al- most two decades ago, and in- dependence in North Africa ended France's role there. READY TO FIGHT AGAIN "We don't want war again, but if it's necessary, we'll be in the first row said Riou, second in command. "If someone said tomorrow we're going to Indochina, even as tourists, every man would vol- unteer." He shrugged a Gallic shrug and added: GOOD FOOD COSTS LESS "But If there's no war, we've got other things to do." The old movies don't show it, but the legion's mission has always been to build as well as fight. The legion cut roads all over France's now dwin- dling empire. Legionnnaires in Polynesia, besides building the bomb test installation, nave put up an enormous sports stadium in Papeete along with other pub- lic works projects. The mixed unit here erects and guards facilities used in the French nuclear tests on remote islands of Polynesia. They operate on at feast 10 different islands. SOME RETIRE EARLY As always since .the legion was formed in 1831, only the officers can be Frenchmen. Legionnaires here have dozens of nationalities and background and, Riou says, the changed role around the world hasn't hurt recruitment. Some of the men ease right into relaxed island life, and dozens have retired early to set- tle down here with their girl- friends and wives. "Men like to come here, but this isn't the most sought- after said Rlou. "Most want to go to Djibouti (Soma- There they do patrols, too, and they satisfy the le- gionnaire's two .fighting and constructing." Col Alfred Baltoenjer, too army man who commands the mixed regiment, says be finds the legion admirably suited to its new role here. "In Polynesia, at least, the legionnaire can still follow bis dream. But, anyway, these men are professionals and they do what is required. We have no discipline problems here. "To the legion, the word 'exceptional' is very, very im- portant." FINEST MEATS 2025 Mayor Magrath Drive College Mall' 324 Mayor Magrath Drive 420 eth Street S. Downtown' effective 'til dating Saturday, July We reserve to limit quantities PAPER TOWELS MIRACLE WHIP Facelle Reyale. Assorted colours or prints 2 roll pkg. Kraft 32 fl. or. jar Facelle Reyale Facial Tissue I 5 pkflt- Orange, 4-3'A-oz. pkg. or Lemonade, 5-3-oz. pkg. Drink Crystals Maxim Toddlers Instant Coffee "1 .33 Sugar Crisp Pk9S 2 Gainesburgers Baker's semi sweet chocolate M 4 M CHIPS ........6-oz. net wt. pkg. for >HW 4% if AQ lOOKKrS 9-oz. net wt. pkgs. for Kernel Corn shoestring York, 1201. 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