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Google Earth Plug-in: Former French Foreign Legion barracks in Algeria

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The 1st Foreign Regiment (French: 1er Régiment étranger, 1er RE) is the senior regiment in the French Foreign Legion. Today the regiment is mainly administrative, and provides staff for the Command of the Foreign Legion.

Besides its historical aspect, the regiment represent a major stage in a legionnaire's service. He begins his career here, in the Center of Selection and Incorporation (CSI), and returns at the end of it.

The regiment was established in 1831 as 1st Foreign Reigment. The regimental depot was in Sidi-Bel-Abbès in French Algeria until Algerian independence. The regiment left it in October, 1962 for Aubagne in France. Before 1962 it was also the HQ of the Legion.

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