France - Gendarmerie Major, service uniform The name ‘Gendarmerie’ is a corruption of ‘gens d’arme’ (armed people). Just like many other military corps, the French Gendarmerie has an exploding grenade as its logo. The coloured ribbons, so-called ‘bâtons,’ are worn instead of metal medals. These ribbons are awarded for service abroad. Recently, the ‘képi’ (flat hat) has only been used for special occasions. The French Police are dressed in blue like the Gendarmerie.