Hooded gunmen have fired on police in the French city of Marseille

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Just on the radio that the gunmen have been surrounded in a building and are being contained until the specialists arrive to storm the place if the nasty men can't be persuaded to surrender (which is unlikely).
 
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Apparently gang related, not anything to do with islamic extremists, no siree Bob, nothing to see here.
Bit of coincidence though that the 'gangs' decided to kick off on the day the PM was due to visit.
I know Marseille is rough but are battles between gangs armed with AKs common now?
 
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^ Apropos, I was there on a portcall a few years ago when the local squad was playing Liverpool at home. All the bars were packed full of Scousers speaking Scouse French (i.e. English spoken slower and much louder than usual) and most definitely carrying on in a way that indicated just why the streets were crawling with CRS, all armoured-up and carrying seriously big sticks.

Strangely there was no trouble between them and Marseille fans, just with each other.

"Cairm down, cairm down!"
 
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AK's are a regular feature amongst fran├žais ne'er do wells.

I wasn't suspicious about this event until it was reported that the gunmen were...hooded!
 
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I heard an almost disappointed tone in the BBC presenters voice when they said it appeared to be gang related and not terrorist. I am sure the police feel very relieved to know that. Apparently criminal bullets are way less dangerous than those terrorist bullets.

We seem to be fixated on anything anti terrorist but virtually uninterested in anything anti crime related, which kills and injures thousands more each year.




Wets.
 
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I heard an almost disappointed tone in the BBC presenters voice when they said it appeared to be gang related and not terrorist.
I don't see why? - it saves them having to fall over themselves not to mention the word "terrorist" or even the word "islamic" in any of their bulletins.
 
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^ Apropos, I was there on a portcall a few years ago when the local squad was playing Liverpool at home. All the bars were packed full of Scousers speaking Scouse (i.e. English spoken slower and much louder than usual) and most definitely carrying on in a way that indicated just why the streets were crawling with CRS, all armoured-up and carrying seriously big sticks.

Strangely there was no trouble between them and Marseille fans, just with each other.

"Cairm down, cairm down!"
Fixed la, fer nutten
 
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I heard an almost disappointed tone in the BBC presenters voice when they said it appeared to be gang related and not terrorist. I am sure the police feel very relieved to know that. Apparently criminal bullets are way less dangerous than those terrorist bullets.
Just jounos wanting to get outraged about something. Anyone waving a firearm around for a crime is a terrorist, IMHO.

I'm confident les Francais will do the right thing; shoot them repeatedly and establish whether they were terrorists or just gang bangers at their leisure.
 
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Just another episode of a turf war between drug networks on the day the PM was visiting the city and wanted to make a statement on how the security situation had improved.

The target of the shooter(s) was a local police boss; his car was not hit.

I doubt the big bosses of the local gangs will find that amusing as this will hinder business for a few days as the local cops will try to give the impression they have the situation under control by saturating (or trying to...) the area.

AKs have been all the rage in Marseilles for several years now and are unfortunately nothing new.
 
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"Murder rates are high, but it's mainly gang related, it is rare a civilian gets killed..." Oh that's ok then...not to worry, carry on, nowt to see here.

I did not know gang members were not civilians.
 
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I heard an almost disappointed tone in the BBC presenters voice when they said it appeared to be gang related and not terrorist. I am sure the police feel very relieved to know that. Apparently criminal bullets are way less dangerous than those terrorist bullets.

We seem to be fixated on anything anti terrorist but virtually uninterested in anything anti crime related, which kills and injures thousands more each year.




Wets.
Same here , I was hoping I would have to rush out and re-stock the fridge in anticipation of a few day's siege and random shootings , bitterly disappointed with it all.
 
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Greetings from sunny Provence.

After the shootings the GIPN did a deep search of the area and found a cache of 12 AK47s. Sounds a lot but I doubt it will make much of a dent in the Marseille armoury. Replacements probably on order from the Balkans/North Africa.
 
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"Murder rates are high, but it's mainly gang related, it is rare a civilian gets killed..." Oh that's ok then...not to worry, carry on, nowt to see here.

I did not know gang members were not civilians.
Gang members killing each other and not incommoding the innocent passersby?
Let them get on with it.
 
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I heard an almost disappointed tone in the BBC presenters voice when they said it appeared to be gang related and not terrorist. I am sure the police feel very relieved to know that. Apparently criminal bullets are way less dangerous than those terrorist bullets.

We seem to be fixated on anything anti terrorist but virtually uninterested in anything anti crime related, which kills and injures thousands more each year.




Wets.
Dodgy arabs shooting each other over drugs isn't news. Dodgy arabs shooting us over allah is.

For fairly obvious reasons.
 

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