His first mission was the escort of Elisabeth Borne, on April 14 in Hanches (Eure-et-Loir). Chloé Ferreira was plunged into the deep end for her first outing on a motorcycle of the departmental road safety squadron (EDSR). "It's always impressive, there was a little stress," says the 26-year-old gendarme.
However, motorcycling is almost part of his genes. Since childhood, she was a passenger of her parents who were also bikers. It was in 2017 that she passed her motorcycle license in the private sector before embracing the career of volunteer assistant gendarme in 2018, in Saint-Médard-en-Jalles (Gironde), then integrating in June 2021 the brigade of Saint-Amand-Montrond (Cher) as a non-commissioned officer.
At the end of 2022, between September and December, she passed the very selective test of the National Road Safety Training Center (CNFSR) in Fontainebleau (Seine-et-Marne).
52 women out of 5000 bikers in France
Assigned to the motorized platoon of Thivars (Eure-et-Loir), she shares her patrols on the A11 motorway with three colleagues. The EDSR of Eure-et-Loir has 59 gendarmes, including 58 men, divided into five units: four motorized brigades and a motorized platoon with the rapid intervention brigade. It has twenty-three blue screen-printed motorcycles, three unmarked and two motocross.
The daily life of Chloé Ferreira is "speeding, alcohol and drug prevention, and the control of truckers," lists the soldier. No difference with his male colleagues. "His proofs, we make them on the road," smiles the young woman. "His driving is safe. He is a soldier of the gendarmerie, he is a motorcyclist and it stops there, "cuts short Captain Samuel Kaddouri, boss of the EDSR.
In France, they are 52 to put on the helmet and put on the handlebars on 5,000 bikers assigned in the ninety EDSR of the national territory. There is no restriction on female staff to join this elite corps: "there is no positive or negative discrimination," says Samuel Kaddouri.
A few years ago, the gendarmerie cancelled its minimum height criterion of 1.70 m to become a biker. Chloé Ferreira has benefited from this relaxation: she is 1.66 m tall.