Two armed robbers picked the worst day and worst business to commit a robbery. It happened at a McDonald's hamburger franchise in the town of Besancon, in the French department of Doubs, east of the country.
The robbers entered late in the day when the place had dinner about 40 people including 11 policemen of the elite troops who were off duty dressed in civilian clothes. They belong to the Intervention Group of the National Gendarmerie and are specialized in the fight against terrorism and hostage rescue.
The police decided not to act while committing the assault was not endanger the lives of customers. They waited for the robbers, one of whom was armed with a shotgun leave the establishment.
The officers immediately began the prosecution of offenders. In the parking lot of the establishment, they were stopped and ordered them to throw their arms. The thieves were not in your lucky day was further accredited by the fact that one of them, wearing the spoils, stumbled in her haste, which facilitated his capture. The other ran worse luck. He turned the gun toward the agents, so he was shot in the stomach.
French antiterrorist elite GIGN
The commonly abbreviated GIGN, Intervention Group of the National Gendarmerie is one of the most respected in the world anti-terrorist units. Like many other similar forces in Europe and the rest of the planet it was formed after the terrible slaughter of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972. It consists of 420 men including 11 officers.
The main missions of the GIGN are anti-terrorism operations, hostage rescue and assistance to the French gendarmes in high-risk arrests. The GIGN is, therefore, a unit of great mobility, and can occur anywhere in France in less than two hours, ready for action. They are trained for insertion by air, land and water.