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    PARIS — Somali pirates in two skiffs fired on a French navy vessel early Wednesday after apparently mistaking it for a commercial boat, the French military said. The French ship gave chase and captured five suspected pirates.

    No one was wounded by the volleys from the Kalashnikov rifles directed at La Somme, a 3,800-ton refueling ship, said Rear Admiral Christophe Prazuck, a military spokesman.

    La Somme "was probably taken for a commercial ship by the two small skiffs" some 250 nautical miles off the coast of Somalia, said Prazuck.

    "They understood their mistake too late," Prazuck said.

    One skiff fled, and La Somme pursued the second one in an hour-long chase.

    "There were five suspected pirates on board. No arms, no water, no food," Prazuck said.

    France is a key member of the European Union's naval mission, Operation Atalanta, fighting Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden. It has aggressively tracked and caught suspected pirates and handed over at least 22 to Kenya. An additional 15 suspects were brought to France for prosecution after allegedly seizing French nationals' boats.

    President Nicolas Sarkozy called for tougher action against piracy last year after dozens of attacks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by voivod View Post
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    One skiff fled, and La Somme pursued the second one in an hour-long chase.

    "There were five suspected pirates on board. No arms, no water, no food,"
    Well yeah, they're not gonna go after the one boat with guns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by voivod View Post
    "There were five suspected pirates on board. No arms, no water, no food," Prazuck said.
    I'm just surprised the French navy was able to take down such a dangerous force. They usually raise the white flag first and ask questions later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    I'm just surprised the French navy was able to take down such a dangerous force. They usually raise the white flag first and ask questions later.
    As much as I love a good Frenchie joke, the sad truth is, the roles are reversing. Of late, the French have had a tougher foreign policy stance on things than we have....sucks, really.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lodewijk View Post
    As much as I love a good Frenchie joke, the sad truth is, the roles are reversing. Of late, the French have had a tougher foreign policy stance on things than we have....sucks, really.



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    Quote Originally Posted by voivod View Post

    One skiff fled, and La Somme pursued the second one in an hour-long chase.
    That SHOULD read 'Two skiffs were destroyed while attempting to flee.'
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    It's funny, i was just skimming through this forum and I thought the title of the tread was SALAMI Pirates Mistake French Military Vessel for Commercial Ship. Needless to say, I was expecting a completely different story...Not that there's anything wrong with being a salami pirate...Carry on...
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