Britons too flabby for French Foreign Legion

2nd January 2006, Comments 0 comments

LONDON, Jan 2 (AFP) - British recruits are failing the tough physical tests required to join France's Foreign Legion, a spokesman for the volunteer armed force said in a newspaper article here Monday.

LONDON, Jan 2 (AFP) - British recruits are failing the tough physical tests required to join France's Foreign Legion, a spokesman for the volunteer armed force said in a newspaper article here Monday.

According to figures published in the Daily Mail, there are currently just dozens of British Legionnaires compared to several hundreds in the 1930s.

"There has been a sharp decline in the number of British getting through basic training," the Legion spokesman said.

"While British men may be impressed by the romance of the legion, their physical condition leaves much to be desired and they are seldom mentally strong."

The Daily Mail reported that the Legion, created in the 19th century to support a French war in Algeria, now found its foreign recruits mainly in the former Soviet bloc.

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