Spanish Civil Guard trains French Gendarmerie in fight against terrorism

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Spanish Civil Guard trains French Gendarmerie in fight against terrorism

Counter-terrorism operation by the Spanish Civil Guard in Pamplona. Photo: EFE/Jesús Diges. (EFE)
Counter-terrorism operation by the Spanish Civil Guard in Pamplona. Photo: EFE/Jesús Diges. (EFE)

That Spain has well-trained security forces is a well-known fact worldwide. Proof of this is the agreement signed with France, which came into effect in September, for the training of members of the Gendarmerie in the fight against terrorism by the Spanish Civil Guard.

By virtue of this agreement, a 120-strong company will be set up with students from the Ecole de gendarmerie de Tulle, in the French department of Corrèze. They will be trained at the Young Civil Guard School in Valdemoro, Madrid.

Our country will make available all the necessary infrastructure, equipment and staff to train the French gendarmes. The training programme has been designed to meet the military training standards of the French authorities.

The agreement is intended to promote and strengthen ‘the exchange of experiences and good practices’ between the two law enforcement agencies, and to build the tools to ‘face transnational challenges and threats’ in order to guarantee the security of citizens at the highest level.

The agreement was first discussed at the 25th Spain-France Summit, held in Málaga in February, along with other security issues, such as cross-border aid in emergency situations.

By virtue of this agreement, Spain and France strengthen their commitment to establishing ‘an area of freedom, security and justice within the European Union’ while contributing to reinforce police cooperation in Europe, as envisaged in the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.