Skip to comments.French soldier shoots 17 in hostage-taking exercise
Posted on 06/30/2008 3:23:40 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB
CARCASSONNE, France (AFP) President Nicolas Sarkozy promised swift and severe punishment Monday after a soldier shot and wounded 17 people, including a three-year-old boy and both his parents, at an open day at an army barracks.
The sergeant opened up with an assault rifle, firing live rounds instead of blanks into a crowd of hundreds of visitors watching a hostage-taking exercise Sunday at the base near the southwestern city of Carcassonne.
A man who witnessed the shooting told AFP that "suddenly, people were falling, we thought it was part of the exercise, and then we saw blood."
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I’m with the other commenters on the other threads: there’s something else going on here.
other threads? I guess my title search was fruitless.
he took a ‘take-no-prisoners’ approach.
And here we have the first casualties of the French Military since Napoleon.
1- Soldiers know live ammo from blanks.
2- Officers ensure soldiers have blanks.
3- Officers check again to make sure soldiers have blanks.
4- No blank firing adapter.
5- You don't point at the crowd even with blanks.
Several million Germans from World War I would be to differ.
Too bad that the only blood this French weapon will shed is of its own citizens.
Maybe a “French” muslim officer?
>> Several million Germans from World War I would be to differ.
It was a joke. Rumor has it, no enemy combatant has ever seen the front of a French military uniform.
It might have been a joke, but it was poor because there was no element of truth to it.
Million? Highly doubtful. Probably more died from ambushes by the French Resistance than from the French Army, which did not exist from mid 1040 until near the end of WWII.
It’s amazing that they even had bullets. All you really need for a French military exercise is a white flag...
Guns, tanks, planes, bullets? Why would they waste their money on those things. Even when they fight, they send foreigners to do it for them.
I've taken part in firearms training involving "sim-munitions" fired from real guns. Before entering the training area, each person was checked at a gateway area for ammo, by pat down and by metal detector. His firearm was checked by a line of three inspectors, he would pass through the gate, be handed his handgun and a mag of simunition (which was loaded under the supervision of three sets of eyes)
Instructor has never had an accident
With the exception of Afghanistan, but why bother oneself with mere facts?
Shooting demo uses real bullets, injures 16 (in France)
French Marines Shoot Children In Bungled Hostage Display
Sixteen hurt at French army show
French soldier shoots 17 in hostage-taking exercise
Don’t know where you studied history, but World War I and World War II were different wars.
Since when have the French loaded their weapons with “real” bullets?
“Maybe a French muslim officer?”
This is the third time that I have seen this article posted, but still no name of the shooter.
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