When I was in the south of France last month on holiday with friends, we spotted this army (or navy?) exercise taking place in the little gem of a seaside town, Collioure, which we were visiting.
To be honest they were probably the equivalent of our own Territorial Army (i.e. the reserve army) rather than full time French soldiers or Legionaires. They seemed pretty relaxed and, dare I say it, quite amateurish. That said, the topless commando-types looked fairly Platoon like!
Still, was fun to watch. I always wanted to be in the armed forces so do enjoy watching this sort of thing.