An Overview of French Special Forces

The french special forces are under the command of C.O.S. (Commandement des Operations Speciales = Special Operations Command). This command (formed after the Gulf War) comprises unit from both Army, Navy, and Air Force. The COS is under the direct control of Joint armies (Army, Navy, Air Force, Gendarmerie) Chief of Staff. One of his other combined commands is the DRM (Direction des Renseignements Militaires=DIA).

For the end, the Gendarmerie Nationale and the GIGN. The special forces of the Gendarmerie are in the GSIGN(Groupement Special d'Intervention de la Gendarmerie Natonale).The GSIGN has 3 companies: