This Branch was first established, based in Cannes, in 1924,
shortly after the foundation of the British Legion. The need for
the Legion, is as great today in the wake of World War II, Korea,
the Falklands campaign, Iraq and Afghanistan. It is a registered
charity established to provide financial, social and emotional
support to millions who have served, or are serving, in the British
Armed Forces and their dependants.
The Government does not cover all expenses and welfare for needy
ex-service people and their families. In recent years the Legion
has financed improved treatment facilities for those injured and
maimed, a hospital wing, Personnel Recovery Centres and Rest Homes.
It provides loans and assistance to ex-service people to start
businesses, advice on careers and counselling for those with
financial problems and on compensation claims for families. All
these activities are financed totally by voluntary contributions.
The Legion spends some 100 million Euro each year for the serving
and ex-serving community. The Annual Poppy Appeal raises some 40
million euro, the rest comes from members' subscriptions,
donations, legacies, sales, investments etc.
Our Branch title was expanded to "Royal British
Legion Cannes - Provence Branch" to reflect more accurately
the area covered by the Branch's membership and Poppy Appeal
collection, following the demise of the old Toulon and Marseille
Branches. We are registered as a charitable association under the
French law of 1 July 1901. We regard our most important activities
as being to raise funds for the Poppy Appeal and to participate
with the French authorities and 'Anciens Combattants' at
Remembrance Ceremonies throughout the year. Whilst welfare
requirements in the branch area are not usually great, we stand
ready to advise and assist in case of need.
We have some 43 members at present. It is noteworthy that the
Branches in France increased their membership during 2011, whereas
the trend in Britain was to decrease.
Anyone can join - you do not have to be ex-military or British.
Women and men are equally welcome. Please contact our secretary for