Bruno Dary

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Bruno Dary
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Born (1952-12-21) 21 December 1952 (age 64)
Barcelonnette, France
Allegiance  France
Service/branch French Army
Flag of legion.svgFrench Foreign Legion
Years of service 1972-2012
Rank Général d'armée
Unit 2nd Foreign Regiment
2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment
5th Mixed Pacific Regiment
13th Demi-Brigade of the Foreign Legion
Commands held

2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment
6th Light Armoured Brigade

Commandement de la Légion Étrangère

Général d'armée Bruno Dary (born 21 December 1952 in Barcelonnette, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence) is a French Général of the French Army and the Division General of the French Foreign Legion.

Previous Military Governor of Paris from 1 August 2007 until 31 July 2012, he is the actually the President of the committee of the Flame under the Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile, the association in charge of reviving the Flame of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Military career[edit]

Conducting a part of his superior studies at Prytanée National Militaire, he is admitted at the École spéciale militaire de Saint-Cyr in 1972, and graduated part of the promotion of the « Général de Linarès ». At the end of his scholarity, he chose to serve in the infantry.

Designated Sous-Lieutenant in 1973, he opts at the end of the Infantry Application School to serve in the French Foreign Legion where he served first in the 2nd Foreign Regiment, 2e R.E. of Corte between 1975 and 1976, as a chef de section.

Promoted to Lieutenant in 1975, he then served in the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment, 2e R.E.P at Calvi from 1976 to 1979 as a chef de section. During this position assignment, he took part in the airborne operation of the Battle of Kolwezi in May 1978.

Promoted Captain in 1979, he joined the 5th Mixed Pacific Regiment, 5e RMP at Moruroa, where he served the qualities of a chef du détachement and security officer.

Assigned in 1980 to the 4th Foreign Regiment 4e RE of Castelnaudary, he commanded between 1982 and 1984, the company of instruction of cadres, whose mission is to form all cadres and Non-Commissioned Officers of the French Foreign Legion.

Assigned to the headquarters of the 11th Parachute Brigade at Toulouse in 1984, he was named chef de battalion (Commandant the same year. He was in charge of all forms of airborne training. In the parallel, he pursued a Diploma of in depth Studies (French: Diplôme d'études approfondies, DEA) of Political Sciences and was admitted in 1988 to the Interarm Defense College (French: Collège interarmées de défense) in Paris as a stagiaire from the 102nd promotion.

Following his superior scolarity of military training, chef de battalion (Commandant) Dary assumed the functions of the chief of operations and instruction bureau at the 13th Demi-Brigade of the Foreign Legion 13e DBLE at Djibouti which he would finalize service in 1992 as a Lieutenant-Colonel. During that tenure, Commandant Dary participated to several operations in the Horn of Africa.

Assigned as the regimental commander of the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment 2e REP between 1994 and 1996, he was tasked with commanding, in operations, the French operational assistance element in Central African Republic from December 1994 to May 1995, the IFOR infantry battalion number 2 in Ex-Yugoslavia from November 1995 to April 1996 with almost the entire of the regiment.[1]

Professor at the Interarm Defense College (French: Collège interarmées de défense) of Paris in 1996 during 4 months then responsible officer of the « Afrique » cell at the center of interarm operations of the general headquarters for almost 3 years; he was then assigned as the auditor of the center of the superior studies of the national defense and the Institute of Superior Studies of National Defense (French: Institut des hautes études de défense nationale) in 1999, then chef de section « doctrine » at the EMA.

Promoted to Brigader General in 2002, he assumed command of the 6ht Light Armoured Brigade with headquarters stationed at Nîmes. Brigadier General Dary was subsequently engaged for 4 months at the head of the brigade in the Ivory Coast.

In August 2004, Division General Dary assumed command of the French Foreign Legion, a post which he held until 2006.[1]

In September 2006, he was designated as function inspector at the corps of inspection of the French Army.

Général de corps d'armée Bruno Dary was designated as Military governor of Paris, commanding the region Terre Ile-de-France and general officer of the Defense Zone of Paris starting 1 August 2007.

On 16 October 2007, Général de corps d'armée Bruno Dary was designated as a member of the founding administration council of the Armed Forces Museum of France.

Général de corps d'armée Bruno Dary was promoted to Army General of France on 1 June 2012.[2]

Army General of France Bruno Dary retires from the active service duty on 31 July 2012.

In December 2012, in qualities of a general of second section, he assumed the Presidency of the committee of the Flame under the Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile, the association which is in charge of proceeding civily the lighting of the Flame of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.[3]

On 30 August 2013, Général Dary mainly accompanied by French paratroopers presided over pronouncing the Military Honors of Helie de Saint Marc at Place Saint-Jean.[4]


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Croix du Combattant (1930 France) ribbon.svg Medaille d'Outre-Mer (Coloniale) ribbon.svg Medaille de la Defense Nationale Argent ribbon.svg

Medaille de Reconnaissance de la Nation (d'Afrique du Nord) ribbon.svg Medaille commemorative Francaise ribbon.svg UNPROFOR Medal bar.gif


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Commanders of the 2ème Règiment Ètranger de Parachutistes
  2. ^;jsessionid=?cidTexte=JORFTEXT000025971900&dateTexte=&oldAction=rechJO&categorieLien=id Décret du 4 juin 2012 portant élévation aux rang et appellation de général d'armée, promotion et nominations dans la 1re section et affectations d'officiers généraux
  3. ^ "La Flamme sous l'Arc de Triomphe, Flamme de la Nation, Organisation / Missions". Retrieved 2015-09-16. 
  4. ^ « Eloge funèbre prononcé le vendredi 30 août aux obsèques d’Hélie de Saint Marc par le général Bruno Dary », Valeurs Actuelles, 4 septembre 2013.
Military offices
Preceded by
Xavier de Zuchowicz
Military governor of Paris
Succeeded by
Hervé Charpentier