Gendarmerie

A gendarmerie or gendarmery is a military force with police duties among the civilian population. The term gendarme is derived from the medieval French expression gens d'armes, which translates to


A gendarmerie or gendarmery is a military force with police duties among the civilian population. The term gendarme is derived from the medieval French expression gens d'armes, which translates to "armed people". In France and some Francophone nations, the gendarmerie is a branch of the armed forces responsible for internal security in parts of the territory with additional duties as a military police for the armed forces. This concept was introduced to several other Western European countries during the Napoleonic conquests. In the mid-twentieth century, a number of former French mandates or colonial possessions such as Lebanon, Syria, and the Republic of the Congo adopted a gendarmerie after independence.
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