Unlucky robbers stopped by a dozen off-duty French special forces in McDonald’s heist attempt

FRENCH PRESS AGENCY - AFP
BESANÇON, France
Published 08.06.2016 13:32
Updated 08.06.2016 13:39
Members of French military task force GIGN secure the convoy transporting Paris attacks suspect, Salah Abdeslam as they leave the Paris courthouse, Friday, May 20, 2016. (AP Photo)
Members of French military task force GIGN secure the convoy transporting Paris attacks suspect, Salah Abdeslam as they leave the Paris courthouse, Friday, May 20, 2016. (AP Photo)

When two men decided to rob a McDonald's in eastern France they hadn't expected to come face to face with a table of hungry soldiers from an elite military force.

The armed men burst into the fast food outlet in the commune of Ecole-Valentin late Sunday, with one firing a warning shot while the other raided the till for cash.

But amongst the around 40 diners in the burger joint were 11 members of an elite branch of the French Armed Forces -- particularly hardened soldiers who specialize in hostage situations.

The off-duty soldiers waited for the end of the heist to intervene so as not to put other patrons in danger, Besançon public prosecutor Edwige Roux-Morizot said Monday.

The first man, who was carrying around 2,000 euros ($2,270) cash, stumbled as he attempted to flee and was captured, while the other was shot in the abdomen by one of the elite forces and arrested.

The two men are currently in hospital and will appear before a judge on charges of armed robbery and violence, Roux-Morizot said.

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