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Robbers Hold Up McDonald’s Filled With French Special Forces

Never disturb soldiers when they're attacking their Big Mac
by Mark Coles | Jun 9, 2016
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Get inside. Threaten people using guns. Empty the cash register. Leave.

That was probably the plan of two armed robbers who decided to hold up a McDonald’s in the commune of École-Valentin in Eastern France.

However, what they didn’t expect was that 11 of the 40 diners in the popular fast-food chain were members of the Groupe d'intervention de la Gendarmerie nationale or the GIGN, the elite law enforcement and special operations unit of France's police force, the National Gendarmerie.

The two men made their way into the restaurant Sunday afternoon, with one firing a warning shot while another went to the cashier to get the money. Unfortunately for them, the GIGN, who specializes in hostage situations, were there to stop them.

Keeping their cool during the robbery, the GIGN officers only leaped into action as it ended to avoid any collateral bloodshed. 

“During the hold-up, the gendarmes didn’t do anything," said local prosecutor Edwige Roux-Morizot to the AFP. “ It was out of the question to use their weapons, as this would have created difficulties and could have placed many people’s lives in danger.”

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The group were able to apprehend one of two robbers when the criminal tripped while escaping with around €2,000 (or P104,761). However, they were forced to shoot the other in the abdomen when he pointed a gun at them as he sought to make his getaway, ignoring orders to drop his weapon and surrender.

The two robbers are currently in hospital and will appear before a judge on charges of armed robbery and violence, Roux-Morizot said.

 

Photos from crisis-response.com (GIGN officers), business.edf.org (McDonald's)

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