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From the French army to counter-piracy in Somalia: the itinerary of a “contractor”

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He could have felt attacked, embarrassed, or even a little shaken. But not even. The question seems to amuse him at most: “If I could have been a mercenary? No, mercenarism doesn’t pay! » We who thought we were carrying the pen in the wound – not following in those of Albert Londres, but at least destabilizing him… It must be said that at 52 years old, twenty-five of whom are in the army, Pierre* is not the type to be impressed like that.

In addition, he is in the “legal”: he is not a mercenary who officiates on behalf of a third State, but a “contractor” who works for private military companies. At 18, he joined the 8th RPIMa, a renowned elite regiment within the conventional forces. He is the first of his family to become a soldier. “One of my brothers did his service” he says, with a smile. The profession of arms is not a vocation in itself, but the fatigues have this advantage of offering him what he dreams of: “I’ve always wanted to travel. »

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