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The 231e session in the Bourgogne Franche-Comté region

The auditors from the 231st session in the Burgundy Franche-Comté region met again on Tuesday 18 April in Besançon, for the third week.

the fourth week

Tuesday 25 April 2023 saw the start of the fourth and final week of the 231st session in the Burgundy-Franche-Comté region, once again featuring high-level conferences and major visits.

After being welcomed at the Maison Régionale de l'Innovation to attend a conference on the challenges facing the Burgundy Franche-Comté region, the 38 auditors visited the National Gendarmerie School in Dijon. A visit to the Commissariat à l'énergie atomique (CEA) in Valduc gave them an insight into the infrastructure of a pioneering site in the research and manufacture of nuclear technologies.

After further lectures on counter-terrorism and civilian issues in the Eastern France defence and security zone, the audience visited the Chalon-sur-Saône joint oil base and the Safran Electronics & Defense industrial site in Dijon. The site assembles military electronic equipment, including periscopes for the French Navy and sights mounted on French tanks.

The regional session ended on Friday 28 April at the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté regional council in Dijon after four intense weeks of training. The auditors presented the results of their committee work to the various authorities present, Lieutenant General Benoit Durieux, Director of the IHEDN, Lieutenant General Alexandre d'Andoque, OGZDS Est, Sub-Prefect Jean-Michel Delvert, Head of the Regional and Specialised Activities Department of the IHEDN, and General Officers Eric Bometon, Session Director, and Jon Cresswell, Deputy General for Operations (GAOPS) at the 1st Division Headquarters.

At the closing ceremony, and after the closing speeches by the Director of the IHEDN and sub-prefect Fédéric Carre, Secretary General of the Côte d'Or Prefecture, representing prefect Franck Robine, prefect of the Bourgogne Franche-Comté region, In the presence of the Rector, Nathalie Albert-Moretti, Rector of the Academic Region, the 38 new auditors received the certificate that confers this quality and reinforces their desire to promote and disseminate the spirit of defence, in accordance with the Institute's mission.

The third week

After a welcome at the Préfecture du Doubs by Prefect Jean-François ColombetIn Besançon, listeners attended high-level lectures on the challenges facing the French defence industry and the armed forces health service. They then followed a guided remembrance tour of the Besançon Citadel.

The following day, they headed for Thoraise, home of the 19th Engineer Regiment. They embarked on a light crossing vehicle and discovered the many missions of the engineers through presentations of equipment used to support the deployment of military operations.

At the end of the day, Major General Pierre-Yves Rondeau welcomed listeners to the Hôtel de Clévans, a place steeped in the history and memory of the Resistance.

A visit to SDIS 25 on Thursday, accompanied by a presentation of the Doubs departmental fire brigade, gave the audience an insight into the issues and procedures involved in crisis management.

Second week

The 231e session in the Bourgogne Franche-Comté region continued on Tuesday 4 April. The programme for this second week included a visit to the Bure military training camp in Switzerland. Participants had the chance to watch various military exercises and talk to a number of officers and soldiers in training. It was a rich and particularly dynamic visit, which gave listeners a unique insight into the link between the army and the nation and the dissemination of the spirit of defence.

First week

To mark the 1re 231 weeke session in the IHEDN regions, the auditors were immediately immersed in the educational triptych specific to the institute: lectures, committee work and visits to military, industrial and security-related sites. On 29 March, the auditors were welcomed at Avord air base 702 by Colonel Grosbase commander. They discovered the transport aviation school, a ground-air defence squadron and the airborne detection unit equipped with AWACS radar aircraft.

The following day, a visit to the ARQUUS site immersed the audience in a defence industry production site and its cutting-edge expertise. Lectures on issues such as France's defence strategy and the strategic challenges of cyber technology highlighted the key issues at stake in national defence. In the following weeks, the auditors will travel to Belfort, Besançon and Dijon to continue this training course, which has a national content and format, but is also available in the region.


On the opening day of the 231e session in the Bourgogne Franche-Comté region of the IHEDN, the 38 auditors met in Nevers on 28 March 2022.

They were welcomed to the Nièvre prefecture by Mr Yoann de Ballangenthe Prefect's Chief of Staff. Sub-prefect Jean-Michel DelvertThe Director of the Department of Regional and Specialised Activities at the IHEDN, representing the Director of the IHEDN, gave the opening address to the session. Lieutenant General Alexandre d'AndoqueThe General Officer of the Defence and Security Zone (OGZDS) welcomes our listeners.

The schedule for the session in the region, its four stages in Nevers, Belfort, Besançon and Dijon, and its programme were presented by  Brigadier General Jérôme Pellistrandideputy director and educational coordinator of IHEDN's regional and specialised activities department, and Air Force Brigadier General Eric BometonThe session will include: visits to industrial, military and security-related sites; high-level conferences; and committee work.

After a cocktail offered by Mr Daniel Barnierthe Prefect of the Nièvre, listeners were treated to a panorama of the contemporary world, presented by Mr Guillaume Lasconjariashead of the studies and research department at IHEDN. The day ended with an ice-breaker to encourage exchanges and cohesion between the participants.