The large family of the gendarmerie gathered in Bayeux to celebrate Saint Geneviève

Six soldiers from the Bayeux Gendarmerie company formed a guard of honor during the ceremony. At the foot of the altar sat a Famas adorned with the brand new flag of the company. Bayeux did not have it so far. ©Frédéric BOURGEOIS

The Mass of the Sainte-Genevievepatroness of the National Gendarmeriewas celebrated, Friday, November 25, 2022in the Notre-Dame cathedral of Bayeux (Calvados).

Colonel, general officers, officers, non-commissioned officers and soldiers of the Bayeux gendarmerie company were gathered for this solemn moment and of communion for the great family of the gendarmerie.

At their side, retired soldiers, representatives of patriotic associations, elected municipal officials. Then the soldiers invaded the sub-prefecture of Bayeux where the representative of the State, Gwenn Jeffroy, welcomed them. In this sub-prefecture – the first in liberated France – the squadron leader Pierre Thoumelincommander of the Bayeux company since August 2022, gave his speech.

“Demonstrate the necessary cohesion within our ranks”

Sainte-Geneviève brings together the great family of the National Gendarmerie
Squadron Leader Pierre Thoumelin, 34, took command of the Bayeux Gendarmerie Company on Tuesday August 2, 2022. ©Frédéric BOURGEOIS

“Like our comrades from other armies, honoring our patron saint, Geneviève, allows us to demonstrate the necessary cohesion within our ranks, particularly when carrying out our missions”, explains Squadron Leader Pierre Thoumelin.

This moment of cohesion is an opportunity to honor the memory of those who fell on mission or in exercise, but also to salute our wounded, each year more numerous in interventions and in particular those who are victims of attacks.

Squadron Leader Pierre Thoumelin, Commander of the Bayeux Company

The Bayeux company watches over 142 municipalities

The 120 soldiers of the Bayeux company watch over 142 municipalities.

“While our action in the heart of the population is well established, your support, on a daily basis, remains a real motivation for our soldiers, who are increasingly exposed. Your support compensates for the feeling sometimes felt by soldiers of being, in times of crisis, like Saint Geneviève in her time, the last ramparts to the established order…”

Domestic violence, narcotics and property damage in the sights

Sainte-Geneviève brings together the great family of the National Gendarmerie
Among the gendarmes present, Captain Patrick Meunier, second in command of the Bayeux company ©Frédéric BOURGEOIS

The involvement of the gendarmes of the company of Bayeux was at the heart of the speech of the squadron leader who evoked the major stakes of the district.

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“Our efforts will continue to focus on domestic violence, the fight against narcotics, property damage and on an increased presence within the territories, as close as possible to the populations and their elected officials and in connection with all the actors. of security “.

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The large family of the gendarmerie gathered in Bayeux to celebrate Saint Geneviève