French Bandits Hold Up Train Near Marseilles

Posted Jul 8th 2011 11:44 AMUpdated Jul 8th 2011 11:58 AM

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In a scene straight out of "The Great Train Robbery," a group of masked men reportedly held up a passenger train and robbed a freight train outside of Marseilles on Thursday night. So much for worrying about pickpockets.

"It's worthy of stagecoach attacks in the Wild West," Police Union Official David-Olivier Reverdy told Reuters.

A regional train with 26 passengers on board and a cargo train were forced to a stop as they approached a blockade made up of shopping carts and metal beams. The robbers looted several carriages then disappeared into the night.

Though the train was damaged, no ransom notes were left behind and no injuries were reported. It remains unclear what was taken.

After the incident, passengers disembarked and walked about a third of a mile to the nearest level crossing, Deutsche-Presse Agentur reported.

The railway union released a statement implying that Thursday's robbery proved the railway authority had not invested enough in the security of its sites.

There really isn't a way travelers can protect themselves against a heist of this sort, but it's nevertheless important to safeguard travel documents and not carry all of one's cash at once.



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Alexander Walker

The last paragraph of this article is something from another century.

September 04 2011 at 2:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bobnpath

where else, a city of pirates still.

July 08 2011 at 7:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
babby201

and they made their getaway in a deux chevaux

July 08 2011 at 6:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
condondeb

Interesting heist. I need somebody to verify that the accompanying image of the locomotive pictured in this article is a "file photo" or not. The reason I am asking is that I was under the impression that the French divested themselves of Steam Powered Locmotives entirely back in the mid-1960s or possibly earlier.

July 08 2011 at 5:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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grayling120

On top of that, it looks like an East German Class 44. Don't ask me how I konw these things, just accept it.

July 08 2011 at 7:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Alexander Walker

The choice of photo must be an attempt to capture the spirit of the incident.

September 04 2011 at 2:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Steve

What fools and foolishness.

The Bible tells us that there is no darkness with God. That the darkness shines as bright as the light to God. So these idiots put masks on their faces. Did not God see them before they put on the masks, during their so-called facial cover-up, and has continued to see them afterwards? What fools and foolishness!

July 08 2011 at 5:34 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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Alexis Elizabeth

What the hell has god got to do with any of this..geez, it was a train heist, the robbers Im sure were not thinking about whether or not "GOD" was going to see their faces, nor in my opinion would they have cared in the slightest!!

July 08 2011 at 6:40 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Virginia

Bandits of France are Jesse James from the Old American West !

July 08 2011 at 5:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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wayne

maybe its the ex head of the world bank ,he needs to get some of his lawyers fees back
ha

July 08 2011 at 7:02 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
yankeei

They must have been out to rob passengers as there is no mention of large cargo stolen. I suppose cash, jewelry and personal passports/papers were enough to motivate the robbery. And, Lynne, thanks for sharing your Europeon vacation w/us. I'm so glad you weren't on that train either :)

July 08 2011 at 4:28 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
sstuczynsk

Gee, the rail way union says the rail road needs more security. Seems they want more union members.

July 08 2011 at 4:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
serialiberalgroper

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July 08 2011 at 3:30 PM Report abuse -9 rate up rate down Reply
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Sgt

If caught the "Criminals" only punishment from the location they did the "Crime" will be a great big ole "French Kiss". That's Capital Punisment French style.

July 08 2011 at 3:17 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

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