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    French foreign ministry: Pirates seize French cruise ship off Somali coast
    Not clear whether any passengers on board or how many crew


    PARIS, France (AP) -- France's Foreign Ministry says pirates have seized control of a French cruise ship off the coast of Somalia. A ministry official says details are scarce about Friday's attack.

    It is not clear whether any passengers are on board or how many crew members are on the vessel. The ship is in the high seas in the Gulf of Aden.

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    Interesting that they won't release the name of the ship.
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    Not quite the size of a "cruise ship" that one normally sees around S. Florida...

    Pirates take French yacht crew hostage off Somalia: French army

    PARIS (AFP) — Pirates boarded a French luxury cruise yacht off the coast of Somalia and took its entire crew hostage on Friday, a French military spokesman said.

    The yacht, the Ponant, "was the victim of an act of piracy early this afternoon as it was sailing between Somalia and Yemen," spokesman Christophe Prazuck said.

    The 850-tonne three-masted yacht was carrying around 30 crew but had no passengers on board at the time, Prazuck said.

    "As far as we know, no shots have been fired," he said.

    French military forces and a US-led task force, both present in the area, "were able to confirm the situation and are following its evolution," he added.

    France has a patrol aircraft based in Djibouti, as well a dispatch boat.

    French cruise operator CMA-CGM confirmed one of its boats had been seized in the Gulf of Aden, on its way from the Seychelles to the Mediterranean, and that "the majority" of its crew were French nationals.

    "The ship is indeed the Ponant, property of the CMA-CGM group. We were informed that there were pirates on board," a company spokesman said.

    Prime Minister Francois Fillon's office said the government had launched a piracy alert plan.

    The foreign ministry said it had made contact with the ship's owner and was trying to reach the crew's relatives.

    The 32-cabin Ponant, fully equipped with lounges, bar and restaurant, is one of three operated by the Marseille-based firm, which describes itself as France's leading cruise provider.

    With a capacity for 64 passengers, it offers several cruises in the Gulf region, including between Egypt and Aqaba in Jordan, and off the coast of Oman, according to the company's website.

    Pirate attacks are frequent off Somalia's 3,700-kilometre (2,300-mile) coastline, prompting the International Maritime Bureau to advise sailors to steer clear.

    The French navy was called on in recent months to escort World Food Programme boats through Somali waters, after two of the agency's boats were stolen.

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    At least with an all-French crew, the surrender went without a hitch
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    My cousin is a boat capt. with a company out of Louisiana that places seismic cables on the ocean floor to find "natural resources" - for a few years he had to get "overseas" hours to advance his license so he made many trips delivering oil carrying vessels to Nigeria and other such unfriendly places. He has had to have his company "buy back" his passport every time. I think the most expensive trip was $4500 each (and that was for a crew of 8). He said the govt guys that seize the passports are friendly, smile and point AK 47's at you. The first time it happened his company had warned him and he still almost shit himself. He was able to "buy" some satellite phone time (to call the US and get the money situation in order) by handing out white hanes T shirts and Skittles. White T shirts are the equivalent of gold with the slightly crooked govt port guards.

    His last trip was in Dec 07, it was the last trip he had to make. 2 very dangerous storms, one man overboard (he lived), 6 - 6 packs of T's, $3300 for the passport, 34 days on the water and he flew home on Christmas Eve. He was fortunate - smaller pirate boats actually do kill the crew or owners and throw them overboard, take the boat... not many laws to stop them depending on where you are over there. Not a place to be cruising along with the family on vacation if you own a luxury vessel apparently.

    He told me last week he was trying to find something in Charleston SC again a little less adventurous! He said "What the hell am I doing? I have a college degree and can Capt big ass boat, I'm outta here!"

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    Send an aircraft carrier after them. They'll shit their pants when they see a100,000 ton ship running them down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisTheEdHead View Post
    At least with an all-French crew, the surrender went without a hitch
    Nice one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisTheEdHead View Post
    At least with an all-French crew, the surrender went without a hitch
    heh heh, another thread to make fun of the french
    Dealing with it.

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    did anyone have to walk the plank....hahahahahaahah ahahahahaha not funny
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    Well, I should point out two things:

    1. French Special Forces are really good.

    2. French have no problem killing Africans.

    This should be interesting....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Axxman300 View Post
    Well, I should point out two things:

    1. French Special Forces are really good.

    2. French have no problem killing Africans.

    This should be interesting....
    Yeah, you're absolutely right....but who can resist taking a swing at a good "French surrender" joke, especially when its teed up like that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Axxman300 View Post
    Well, I should point out two things:

    1. French Special Forces are really good.

    2. French have no problem killing Africans.

    This should be interesting....
    And next you're going to shoot down the stereotype that the French are unclean people. They don't smell and the women shave their legs now?
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    If the crew was French, all they have to do is shout "Parlet!" and they're all safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmy812 View Post
    And next you're going to shoot down the stereotype that the French are unclean people. They don't smell and the women shave their legs now?

    No, no...the French people smell bad. That's why they invented perfume.

    It's just that there's a huge difference between the French people and the guys in the French Special Forces. It's the same difference that you'd have in this country between the faculty of Colombia University and the Junior Officers at the US Special Operations Command.
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