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French office warns of scam targetting Taiwanese people

French office warns of scam targetting Taiwanese people

Taipei, April 9 (CNA) The Bureau Francais de Taipei (??????) said Thursday that it is not aware of any recruitment efforts by the French Foreign Legion in Taiwan, and suspects a scam, after local media reported the office was recruiting Taiwanese people to work in France for a high salary. Local media have been covering an employment agency advertisement that promised prospective Taiwanese mercenaries yearly salaries of at least 40,000 euros, permanent residency in France if they are chosen by the French Foreign Legion and complete at least five years of service. The bureau emphasized that by law, the French Foreign Legion is only authorized to recruit on French soil, adding that it is unlikely that the military service wing of the French Army will require the services of a Taiwanese employment agency for new blood. The advertisement also said that medics can complete additional training to become physicians in France if they choose to do so after being discharged from the French Foreign Legion. Recruitment requirements listed by the advertisement stipulates that candidates must be below the age of 40, and have no history of tuberculosis, while prior criminal records and nationality are not included in the selection criteria, according to the advertisement. However, the advertisement asks for NT$69,000 (US$2,213) in consultation fees, which excludes air fare, accommodations and other expenses accumulated prior to visiting one of the legion's recruitment centers in France. Suspecting a scam, the bureau advised the Taiwanese public to be wary of such advertisements, and to seek the proper recruiting channels as listed on the French Foreign Legion's website. (By Tang Pei-chun and Ted Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-17 00:10 GMT+08:00