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22-year-old soldier dies during training

The causes of death are not yet known. This man was performing a short-term mission to the detachment of the Foreign Legion.

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A 22-year-old French soldier died during a session at the Foreign Legion’s nautical training and experience center in Mayotte on Saturday February 27, the armed forces in the southern Indian Ocean announced (FAZSOI ). “An investigation was launched by the public prosecutor of Mayotte to determine the exact causes of death” of Lucas Rochefeuille, born in Reunion and assigned to the 92nd infantry regiment of Clermont-Ferrand, specified the office of General Yves Métayer, superior commander (COMSUP) of the FAZSOI.

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The first class soldier had been on a short-term mission at the Foreign Legion detachment in Mayotte since mid-December. General Yves Métayer “learned of the news with great sadness and gives her full support to the family of Private First Class Lucas Rochefeuille as well as to his comrades and his regiment”. The FAZSOI ensure the protection of Mayotte, with 1,700 soldiers deployed in the southern Indian Ocean. In this zone, between Mayotte, Réunion and the French Southern and Antarctic Territories (TAAF), the FAZSOI operate against piracy or illegal immigration, ensuring the surveillance of the exclusive economic zones (EEZs) of French territory.

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