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This is a documentary about the selection/recruitment process of the
GIGN, France's foremost counter-terror unit. It was first broadcast on
French TV in 2004.
A few explanations for those of you who are unfamiliar with the French
The Gendarmerie is a branch of the French Armed Forces assigned to law
enforcement duties among civilian populations. A "gendarme" is a member
of this force and is thus basically a police officer with a military
- The GIGN (Groupe d'Intervention de la Gendarmerie
Nationale -- National Gendarmerie Intervention Group) is an elite unit
of the Gendarmerie, tasked with counter-terror duties, hostage rescue
operations, arrest and transfer of very dangerous criminals, VIP
protection of government officials etc. Its most famous operation was
the rescue of the hijacked Air France airliner at Marseille-Marignane
airport in 1994.
- To this day (January 2012), 10 GIGN gendarmes
have died on duty (8 in training, 2 during operations) since the
creation of the unit in 1974.
- The GIGN is known internally as "le Groupe" ("The
- The Mobile Gendarmerie and Republican Guard are divisions of the Gendarmerie.
(The GIGN is part of the former.)
- The FAMAS often mentioned in this documentary is the standard-issue assault
rifle of the French Armed Forces.
- Some ranks specific to the French military (Gendarmerie branch):
A "marechal-des-logis-chef" is reportedly equivalent to a staff
sergeant (SSG) in the US.
An "adjudant" is reportedly equivalent to a master sergeant (MSG) in
the US and a Warrant Officer 2 in the UK/Commonwealth.
An "adjudant-chef" is reportedly equivalent to a sergeant major (SGM)
in the US and a Warrant Officer 1 in the UK/Commonwealth.
"major" is approximately equivalent in the US to a "command
major" (CSM) or a "sergeant major of the Army" (SMA) (to be
- Saint-Cyr is France's foremost military academy (the equivalent of West Point
in the US and Sandhurst in the UK).
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