Many men join the legion because they want to make a clean break with the past and with three years of service in the Legion you can claim French citizenship but your first tour is still for a minimum of five years. Today's legion still does not require you to provide your real identity, but you cannot claim French citizenship without it. That being said, are you married and want to escape? Do you have a criminal record and no other way out? Do you want to serve in the military but haven't been accepted in your home country?
|Légionnaires in Paris|
You can read more about their fascinating history at Wikipedia.