In September, Francis told the Swiss Guard and the gendarme that the only real threats the Vatican faces are from within.
His father was executed in 1942 by a German gendarme after attempting to smuggle a packet of saccharine into the Ghetto.
A French gendarme on the case has been dispatched to London, where he will be joined by three additional French investigators.
1540s, "mounted trooper," from French contraction (14c.) of gens d'armes "men at arms," later applied to military police (1796 in English). Gens is plural of gent "nation, people," from Latin gentem (nominative gens) "race, nation, people" (see genus). Related: Gendarmerie. French also had gens de (la) robe "lawyers," sometimes borrowed in English.