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Back in 1962 the French Foreign Legion had its elite units disbanded, its heavy weaponry (tanks, cannons, etc) taken away and was downsized to 8,000 men, a figure it keeps today. Wikipedia lists is at 7,700 men, and the vast majority of its force doesn't serve for more than 10 years, around 30-40% of the men it hires not finishing their first five-year contract (one of the highest levels of desertion of any military in the world).

For comparison, the United States Marine Corps, the smallest foreign-deployable branch of the US Military, is 200,000 men strong.

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In 2007, 24% of French Foreign Legion recruits were French citizens.

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