The French Foreign Legion from Hollywood to Aubagne to Paris
It’s Academy Award season, and as it was with me a year ago when I wrote of Marcel Pagnol, I am drawn back to Provence, in fact to his hometown of Aubagne. On this occasion it began last fall when I was discussing with my wife Benedicte, who is French, about the genre films that Hollywood is known for which might appeal to her.
Jerry’s detailed article on the history of the French Foreign Legion in France and on the battlefields. While in Provence, Jerry and his wife attempted (unsuccessfully) to pay a visit to the Foreign Legion vineyard in Puyloubier, near Aix-en-Provence. They did however visit the Musée Legion Étrangère in Aubagne, outside Marseilles.
The French Foreign Legion is headquartered in Aubagne, but the public can access the museum, for free, from Wednesday through Sundays. There are an impressive number of artefacts, small film clips and a wealth of historical information. However, the majority of the information is in French only.
Musée de la Légion étrangère
Hours: 10h00 to 12h00 and 14h00 to 18h00
Tel: +33 (0)4 42 18 12 41 or +33 (0)4 42 18 10 96
Chemin de Thuilière