View Full Version : French soldier hits 16 with live ammo at exercise

06-29-2008, 08:47 PM
French soldier hits 16 with live ammo at exercise

PARIS (AP) - A soldier using live ammunition instead of blanks wounded 16 people at a demonstration of hostage-rescue techniques in France on Sunday, officials said.

The Defense Ministry said investigators will look into why real bullets were used during the demonstration at the Laperrine military barracks in southeast France.

The soldier who fired the shots has been detained, Bernard Lemaire, chief of the regional administration in Aude, said on France-3 television. He said the shooting was probably accidental but that it could have been a criminal act.

Four of the wounded were in serious condition, including a 3-year-old. Fifteen were civilians.

President Nicolas Sarkozy's office said he reacted with "horror and deep emotion" to Sunday's incident at the base, which houses the 3rd marine infantry parachute regiment.

No further information was immediately available.


Oh, the French. :chuckle: :laughing: :toofunny: :shake01: :dang:

06-29-2008, 08:57 PM
Are they still miffed about that whole "Freedom Fries" incident???? :sofunny:

06-29-2008, 09:35 PM
This is ostensibly quite humorous. I LOVE poking fun at the French. In fact I chuckled at first. At the same time, the serious injuries, especially to the three year old, really upset me.

06-29-2008, 11:24 PM
Was he retreating. :chuckle:

Its to bad people got hurt, especially a child.

Galax Steeler
06-30-2008, 04:16 AM
Leave it to the french to screw something up.

06-30-2008, 07:24 PM
Given the fact that I work in the Nuclear Security field and we conduct drills of our own, without reading any of the article or facts of the incident it's obvious the lack of safety consciousness of everyone involved. We not only check and double check all of our mags to ensure that we are firing blanks, but we use weapons that will not function with real rounds. This would never happen where I work.

Hawk Believer
06-30-2008, 07:45 PM
This story reminded me of this video....

(couldn't get the Youtube video embed to work....)

06-30-2008, 08:08 PM
Was he retreating. :chuckle:

It was an oversight..., he was more concerned that his surrender flag was starched and pressed than he was with blanks vs. live ammo (not that they would know the difference anyway).

07-01-2008, 09:32 PM
This story reminded me of this video....


:rofl: Now they're gonna b leading the EU 4 the next 6 months.

07-01-2008, 09:48 PM
LMAO Hawk!....was that Hasselback throwing a "bomb?"