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Training for 12 Tunisian national guard officers in IEDs

(B2) A team from the European Gendarmerie Force (FGE) — made up of an officer from the French National Gendarmerie and two personnel from the Portuguese Republican National Guard, specializing in the neutralization of explosives — has just finished at the Tunisian National Guard commando training school in Oued Zarga.

Training of trainers in IEDs

French and Portuguese trainers and their Tunisian counterparts (credit: SEAE)

Over a fortnight, from November 19 to 30, 2017, they transmitted their educational knowledge to twelve of their Tunisian counterparts from the GNT in the area of ​​improvised explosive devices (or IEDs). A necessity in a country marked by several attacks. This training was not primarily aimed at developing internal skills within GNT, to have trainers able to then train their colleagues.

A project integrated into a more global project to strengthen the fight against terrorism

This support mission – integrated into a global anti-terrorism project implemented by the French operator CIVIPOL – is financed by the European Union. This is the result of a one-year collaboration ratified by a memorandum of understanding and an action plan, agreed between the Tunisian National Guard and the European Gendarmerie Force (FGE), under the aegis of the Ministry of the Tunisian interior and the European Union delegation to Tunisia.

In May 2017, the FGE had thus already trained 50 members of the GNT in operational first aid before inviting, the following month, two members of the central canine unit to an international seminar organized by the French national gendarmerie, on the new explosives detection techniques.


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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