[LMB] An unexpected Bujold fan?

Eric Oppen technomad at intergate.com
Sun Jun 6 01:09:31 BST 2010

Quoting Damien Sullivan <phoenix at ugcs.caltech.edu>:

> On Sat, Jun 05, 2010 at 12:28:01PM -0500, Eric Oppen wrote:
>> This reminds me of a question I've long wanted an answer to.  I was
>> intrigued to find that in the North American French colony of St. Pierre
>> and Miquelon, the local police are members of the same national gendarme
>> organization that polices Metropolitan France.
>> Is this considered just another assignment, a plum post (not much crime
>> there, after all) or their equivalent of sending someone to the Russian
>> Front?  "Pierre, you are the biggest bungler in the entire
>> _Gendarmerie._  I can't have you shot---but I can send you to St.
>> Pierre!"
> I'm not French, but I can see an ambiguity in your statement.  Does
> "members" mean that they're actually from continental France, or that
> they're part of the hierarchy?

AFAIK, it's the same organization all through France, and gendarmes  
are assigned as-needed.  A locally-born gendarme _might_ be at an  
advantage being assigned there, but might deliberately be assigned  
somewhere else, too.  The Spanish Civil Guard did something like  
this---Civil Guards were never assigned to their home districts.

AIUI France has a more inclusive
> attitude to its overseas territories, while being less federal, so it
> might be more like as if Puerto Rico and Guam were equivalent to states,
> but we didn't have states, just the FBI.  So the local cops would
> probaby be Puerto Ricans or Guam natives, perhaps with some mainland
> training, but they'd be part of the FBI or US Marshalls just like the
> cops in Peoria in this setup, who would likely be native Peorians who'd
> joined the FBI.

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