"...Gendarmes in France are paramilitary personnel who carry out police duties among the civilian population.
Some 90 positions are reserved in the armed forces for top level sports stars, of which 18 are in the gendarmerie, which allows athletes to continue their sporting careers in the best conditions...." [Link]
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