- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 8, 2016

An elite group of “royale with cheese”-eating counterterrorism forces in France took a break Sunday from eating McDonald’s to stop an armed robbery at the counter.

Two men stormed into the restaurant in Besancon and demanded clerks turn over $2,280 in cash. The suspects were surprised to find that 11 of the 40 customers within the building were members of France’s Groupe d’Intervention de la Gendarmerie Nationale (GIGN), an anti-terror unit created after Israeli Olympians were taken hostage during the 1972 Olympic games in Munich.

One of the suspects tripped as he tried to escape and was apprehended in the doorway. The other man refused to put down his weapon and was subsequently shot in the stomach, the U.K. Telegraph reported Tuesday.

Local prosecutor Edwige Roux-Morizot told the newspaper that it was “out of the question” for the unit to use weapons until the suspects forced their hand.

The two men, both in their 20s, were treated at a local hospital and will face charges of armed robbery.



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