French Special Forces

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Troops storm ferry as anger grows over fate of Corsica shipping line

· Elite forces quell mutiny by 30 unarmed sailors
· Violent demonstrations in Marseille and Bastia

Jon Henley in Paris
Thursday September 29, 2005
The Guardian


In a dramatic early-morning display of force, French special forces abseiled from helicopters yesterday and stormed a Corsican ferry that had been hijacked by sailors protesting against plans to privatise the island's shipping line.
Five Puma helicopters carrying about 50 officers raided the Pascal Paoli, a combined cargo and passenger ferry run by the ailing, state-owned SNCM ferry company, which was lying off the Corsican port of Bastia after being commandeered by unionists in Marseille on Tuesday.
 
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Now thats the way to deal with illegal union action!

Watch out the TGU! :D
 
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At last! A victory!!
 
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Arc De triomphe(spelling anyone) beckons! 1st victory since before Trafalgar-is'nt it?
 
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french special forces , didn't know there was ever one, must be special cos they can hold their hand in the air the longest
 
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Amusingly (for us English speakers) some of the French Special Forces units used to (and may still?) go by the acronym 'CRAP' (which actually stands for Commandos de Recherche et d’Action dans la Profondeur, if anyone's interested)...
 
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GIGN (Groupe d'Intervention Gendarmerie Nationale) & EPIGN - counter-terrorism/ hostage rescue/information gathering etc);
RAID (Police intervention unit - "Reaction, Assistance, Intervention, Dissuasion" - similar to SO 19);
1 PRIMA (Army special ops - very similar to SAS with whom they have a shared history; descended from WW2 Free French SAS squadrons);
2 REP (rapid reaction/ intervention);
Commando Hubert/ Le Groupe de Combat en Mileau Clos (combat swimmers/ maritime counter-terrorism - SBS equivalent).

Forget the chauvinism folks - these are first class; entry standards are very high and their training and operational experience (GIGN/ EPIGN, for example, has conducted more successful hostage rescues than any other Western unit) place them in the "Premier League".
 
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Wessex_Man said:
GIGN (Groupe d'Intervention Gendarmerie Nationale) & EPIGN - counter-terrorism/ hostage rescue/information gathering etc);
RAID (Police intervention unit - "Reaction, Assistance, Intervention, Dissuasion" - similar to SO 19);
1 PRIMA (Army special ops - very similar to SAS with whom they have a shared history; descended from WW2 Free French SAS squadrons);
2 REP (rapid reaction/ intervention);
Commando Hubert/ Le Groupe de Combat en Mileau Clos (combat swimmers/ maritime counter-terrorism - SBS equivalent).

Forget the chauvinism folks - these are first class; entry standards are very high and their training and operational experience (GIGN/ EPIGN, for example, has conducted more successful hostage rescues than any other Western unit) place them in the "Premier League".
They're all women!!...........feckin hell.
 

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