The Nivose is reported to have alerted the Seychelles authorities to help them capture the other three.
Somali pirates are currently holding nearly 20 ships for ransom.
On Saturday a Greek-owned ship with a Ukrainian crew was hijacked by Somali pirates south-west of the Seychelles, a seafarers' group says."BBC
This the handiwork of the Fusiliers Marins embarked in a frigate of the Marine Nationale. Some Americans seem to hold the French military in low regard. I make a habit of of asking such people why they feel that way. There is seldom a comprehensible reply. Blind prejudice, inherited from the British ("The wogs start at Calais," etc.) probably is at the root. "They surrendered. etc." What crap! Everyone surrenders when the game is over. The British surrendered to us (and the French) at Yorktown. The British surrendered at Singapore. The British Empire garrison surrendered to the Germans at Tobruk. Shall I continue? An American division surrendered in the middle of the Battle of the Bulge, and then there was Bataan. I am not inclined to apologize for that. The US Marines never surrendered anywhere? No? What about Wake and Corregidor? No matter. For Francophobe bigots no argument would suffice. Names like Verdun and Bir Hakeim mean nothing to them.
Well, here, unaccountably we have the French Navy acting as the most effective part of the international anti-piracy coalition. How can that be? I will be interested in viewing and responding to the responses to this post. pl