The following quotation from Christopher Duffy's The Military Experience in the Age of Reason demonstrates that at the end of the Seven Years' War the French were beginning to think about and experiment with the idea of mixing regular linear tactics with the employment of regular troops as skirmishers:
'Mesnil-Duirand, Joly de Maizeroy and Saxe were among the authorities who called for a closer working of regular and skirmishing tactics. Marshal Broglie did something to put this notion into practical effect when he assumed command in western Germany in 1760. He upgraded the grenadiers, established a company of chasseurs in each battalion of the line...Broglie and his fellows encountered much opposition from conservative circles, but in his officially approved Regulation of 1764 he was able to explain how regulars could be employed in skirmish order to prepare the way for columns of attack. The seeds had been sown. A light company was formed in every battalion of English infantry in 1771-2, by when military Europe was being conditioned to accept that regular troops could be used in ways that had once been the preserve of the Croats and the free corps.'