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SAINT-JEAN-DU-GARD For General Éric Ozanne, “the army is welcome everywhere on the territory of the Republic”

SAINT-JEAN-DU-GARD For General Éric Ozanne, “the army is welcome everywhere on the territory of the Republic”
General Éric Ozanne, commander of the 6th Light Armored Brigade of Nîmes, in Alès, this Friday morning (photo François Desmeures / Objectif Gard)

Present in Alès for the opening of the Armed Forces, Defense and Security Professions Forum, General Éric Ozanne, who commands the 6th Light Armored Brigade of Nîmes, gave his opinion on the takeover of a farm by the ministry of the armies, in Saint-Jean-du-Gard. Maintenance.

Objectif Gard: Were you surprised by the opposition that arose in the Cévennes about the takeover of a farm by the army in Banners Bas, at the foot of the Saint-Pierre pass?

General Éric Ozanne: Indeed, it must first be specified that it was indeed the Ministry of the Armed Forces that bought the farm, in a completely traditional procedure. It’s not the Legion. I understand that there were some concerns but I believe that they were fairly quickly lifted by the guarantees given. The controversy dies down on its own.

When will the farm be inhabited?

The 2nd Foreign Infantry Regiment has already put permanent staff there, which have started activities. For the moment, no one has come to complain of inconvenience, there is only positive. Last weekend, 400 families from the 2nd REI came to spend the day there.

Do you not fear a resumption of opposition to your presence?

The army – and in particular the legion – has other farms in the region, and that’s no problem. In 2022, I believe that the army is welcome everywhere on the territory of the Republic. And then, I believe that the soldiers will quickly be integrated into local life and economy.

Francois Desmeures

francois.desmeures@objectivegard.com

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