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Céline Leflefian

  • A passion to serve


“First came my passion for the security services and my desire to be of use to others, to serve my country. When I was studying at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Aix-en-Provence, I realised, thanks to a reservist colonel on the teaching staff, that the gendarmerie was where I could satisfy my vocation to the full. So in 2011 I entered the national school for gendarmerie officers [EOGN] and in 2013 I was given my first command, in Nice. Many will probably imagine that being in charge of a team of 30-odd gendarmes when you’re only 26 and a woman, albeit an officer, isn’t easy. Of course there’s curiosity and a legitimate apprehension on the part of those who already have considerable in-the-field experience. I had to prove myself. I did, and there weren’t any problems. I spent three fantastic years in Nice, drawing on the experience and knowledge of each individual in the service. I love management. For an officer, their team’s support is the best reward ever.  In 2016 I was given the opportunity to return to my native city and join the staff of the commanding general of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, as captain in charge of regional communications. I’m very fond of Marseille and very close to my family too. I think I’ve found the balance that makes me happy both professionally and personally. To me, being a gendarmerie officer means being attentive to others, demonstrating empathy but also knowing how to command and make the right decision in the final resort. I know that more exciting things await me after Marseille, the next being active service, but I’m looking to the future with equanimity, strong in my convictions and supported by my family.”

1 August 2003: became head of the Nice air-transport gendarmerie brigade
24 April 2015: Germanwings A320 crash
14 July 2016: Nice terrorist attack
16 June 2017: birth of my daughter Victoire

Par Maurice Gouiran