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Posted: 9/20/2004 9:09:59 AM EST
I always knew the French Army was good at something… they are! Bank Robberies…

Troops 'stole Ivorian bank cash'

French troops are keeping Ivorian banks under surveillance

Twelve French soldiers on peacekeeping duties in Ivory Coast have been arrested in connection with a bank theft there last week.

The troops had been assigned to protect a branch of the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO) and were charged with stealing $120,000 (100,000 euros).

French military spokesman Colonel Henry Aussavy said the accused soldiers were being sent home to face French justice.

More than 4,000 French troops are serving alongside UN peacekeepers.

We are dealing with these accusations very severely so that they do not tarnish the rest of our forces in the country
Colonel Henry Aussavy French military spokesman

The robbery came as banks throughout the eight countries of the Economic and Monetary Union of West Africa (UEMOA) were in the process of replacing a 1992 series of banknotes with more secure bills.

The branch where the theft was recorded, in the rebel-held western town of Man, had been put under extra surveillance following a series of thefts from Ivorian banks last year.

"These soldiers profited from their assignment, protecting this bank branch, to rob it of these monies," Colonel Aussavy said.

"We are "dealing with these accusations very severely so that they do not tarnish the rest of our forces in the country," he added.


news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/3674064.stm

Andy
Link Posted: 9/20/2004 9:13:02 AM EST
You can count on the fact they won't be blowing any of it on Mitchum?
Link Posted: 9/20/2004 9:14:03 AM EST
"dealing with these accusations very severely so that they do not tarnish the rest of our forces in the country,"

The French don't want others thinking poorly of their armed forces. I find that very funny.
Link Posted: 9/20/2004 9:15:35 AM EST
Wait a minute ... wouldn't it be more politically correct if they faced the charges in-country?
Link Posted: 9/20/2004 9:15:48 AM EST
Its been done. The french are always late.

Link Posted: 9/20/2004 9:16:14 AM EST
They had to subsidizes, since the "food for oil" scam dried up
Link Posted: 9/20/2004 9:20:01 AM EST
Well you know it wasn't hard capturing them. I'm certain they surrendered immediately as per their standard operating procedures.

Link Posted: 9/20/2004 9:38:37 AM EST
They sent the money to the Kerry campaign
Link Posted: 9/20/2004 9:49:41 AM EST
The drawbacks of fielding criminals trying to escape their past seems to have presented itself to the French.
Link Posted: 9/20/2004 11:10:28 AM EST
FTF
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