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Escadron Parachutiste d'Intervention de la Gendarmerie Nationale
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Patch of the Escadron Parachutiste d'Intervention de la Gendarmerie Nationale
Active 1984 - Present
Country France
Branch French Gendarmerie
Type Special Forces
Role Domestic Counter-Terrorism and Law Enforcement
Size 139 operators
Garrison/HQ Satory, France
Nickname EPIGN
Engagements Ouvéa cave crisis
Attempted apprehension of Khaled Kelkal

The Parachute Intervention Squadron of the National Gendarmerie (French: Escadron Parachutiste d'Intervention de la Gendarmerie Nationale) (EPIGN) is the parachute-trained intervention squadron of the French Gendarmerie. The unit was formed in 1984, and is currently 139-men strong. These are divided between four platoons of 30-35 men each, plus a HALO/HAHO-qualified platoon.

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Known operations

Its missions are generally large-scale operations against terrorism and organized crime. It has also been used for maintaining public order, for searches for persons in difficult environments, and for reinforcing the security of French diplomatic missions abroad. One of the unit's platoons specialises in VIP protection.

It is based in Satory, west of Paris. Along with the GIGN it forms the GSIGN (Groupe de Sécurité et d'Intervention de la Gendarmerie Nationale, Group of Security and Intervention of the National Gendarmerie).

Past missions included:

Skills

The competencies of its personnel are:

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