- The Washington Times - Friday, April 10, 2009

A look at pirate attacks on French boats off the coast of Somalia.

French forces have captured at least 51 Somali pirates in a half-dozen incidents since the beginning of 2008, according to the French Defense Ministry. Twelve pirates were brought to France for trial and at least 36 others were handed over to Somali authorities.

_ April 10, 2009: The French Navy launches operation to free five hostages aboard civilian yacht, the Tanit, seized around the Gulf of Aden. One hostage is killed and four freed. Two pirates are killed and three pirates are taken prisoner.

_ September 2008: France dispatches elite commandos to free two French hostages under cover of night. French forces kill one pirate, capture six others and pull French Polynesian couple on the boat, the Carre d’As, to safety.

_ April 2008: French troops catch pirates who had seized 30-member crew of 288-foot (88-meter) luxury sailing yacht, Le Ponant. French troops chased pirates onto land after swooping onto the boat via helicopter. Six captured pirates were taken to France for trial and six others escaped.


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