Bonus Material: Join the French Foreign Legion, Oui or Non?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka

As discussed in our lead story today, one of the benefits—perhaps the main benefit—of joining the French Foreign Legion is the privilege of l’anonymat. It allows you to enlist under a fake name and, after five years of service, retire with a new identity and French citizenship, thus totally erasing your past. What’s interesting to note is that a number of writers have joined the legion—Robert Girardi mentions Blaise Cendrars and, perhaps most surprisingly, songwriter Cole Porter. Of course, we’ll never know who the others might have been (poorly reviewed writers, no doubt). So today’s question is would you ever consider joining the Foreign Legion to escape your life? If so, what would it take?

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About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.