Képi Blanc (publication)

Képi Blanc (French: Képi Blanc) is the monthly French magazine of the French Foreign Legion.[1]

Képi Blanc
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Unit Insignia of the Képi Blanc staff
Editor-in-ChiefCaptain Montagna
PublisherLieutenant-colonel Thierry Jullien
First issueApril 30, 1947
under the impulsion of Colonel Louis-Antoine Gaultier
Country France
Based inFlag of legion.svgFrench Foreign Legion
WebsiteKépi Blanc Magazine

The press magazine is sold exclusively under membership subscription. The subscription fees are channeled to the Foyer d'entraide de la Légion étrangère (FELE) which ensures the functioning of the Institution des Invalides de la Legion Etrangere (IILE).

As of 2013, circulation exemplary is of 11,500 and consists of 80 pages.


The journalEdit

The first bulletin associated to the French Foreign Legion was designated as La Légion étrangère, a historic revue and actuality of the Legion, created in 1912. Suspended throughout the course of World War I, the revue was reborn in 1931, at the creation of the Union Veteran Legionnaires Societies (French: Union des Sociétés d'Anciens de la Légion étrangère, L'USAL). In 1945, the revue changed designation to Vert et Rouge which was published until 1959.

On April 30, 1947, under the Quill (French: La plume) of Captain Gheysens, the first editor-in-chief, and mainly at the initiative of Colonel Gaultier, commandant of the Communal Depot of the Foreign Regiments (French: Dépôt commun des régiments étrangers), appeared the be the journal of all foreign regiments of the legion. The journal was accordingly printed in Oran, and was totally independent, with its own presses starting Journal Number 13.[2]

In 1954, the journal changed and passed from a black-and-white format tabloid to that of news, while introducing color.

Despite the cluster of mismanagements (in 1962 from Sidi-Bel-Abbès to Puyloubier, in 1967 from Puyloubier to Aubagne and at last, in 1998 for a change in the interior household of quartier Viénot), the monthly journal of the Legion has never ceased to appear.

Since May 2001, the journal ceased to be entirely autonomous, and the printing was externalized in a civilian printing firm.

Having its own internet site, it is possible to consult a vast array of articles.

The monthly Képi blanc, la vie de la Légion is a reflection of the actual legion and presents a well-rounded contour of activities in the regiments (training, operations), life of senior veterans or the history of the institution. It also plays a pivotal role in keeping a viewing sphere of contact, between the most senior to the youngest, among themselves and the institution.


Period Name Period Name
1947-1948 Captain Gheysens 1948-1950 Captain Hallo
1950-1951 Captain Hédan 1951-1953 Captain Fourreau
1953-1955 Captain Arnaud de Foïard 1955-1959 Lieutenant Vion
1959-1961 Captain Rodier 1961-1965 Captain Collart
1965-1969 Captain Liege 1969-1971 Captain Petit
1971-1974 Captain Fidel 1974-1977 Captain Guibert-Lassale
1977-1979 Chef de bataillon Estay 1979-1982 Chef de bataillon Baubiat
1982-1986 Chef de bataillon Chiaroni 1986-1988 Lieutenant-colonel Étienne German
1988-1992 Lieutenant-colonel Terrasson 1992-1995 Lieutenant-colonel Peron
1995-1998 Lieutenant-colonel Brunot 1998-2001 Lieutenant-colonel Marquet
2001-2003 Chef de bataillon Fedeli 2003-2004 Captain Messager
2004-2007 Chef de bataillon Carpentier 2007-2011 Chef de bataillon Morel
2011- Captain Montagna


At the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the creation of the journal, on April 30, 2007, a proper metallic insignia for the journal has been created. the French firm produced:

  • 10 exemplary in silver;
  • 50 exemplary, which were numbered and given to the editors-in-chief in the order of their ascension to the function;
  • 300 exemplary, which were numbered in Arabic numerals;
  • 300 exemplary, which were not numbered.

The wearing of this insignia is not authorized in uniform for active legionnaires.


Silver rectangle bordered to left and right by green and red stripes; casted in the middle by an oriented silver quill broached by a Képi Blanc.

Retaken of the regulatory insignia of the COMLE on which is found the logo of the editor-in-chief : La plume et Le Képi Blanc.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Bienvenue". Képi blanc (in French). Légion étrangère. Retrieved 24 June 2010.
  2. ^ "White cap was created in 1947 Képi blanc a été créé en 1947". Képi Blanc (in French). Légion étrangère. 1 January 2010. Archived from the original on 3 June 2010. Retrieved 24 June 2010.