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wingman
July 8, 2003, 11:38 AM
Man Tries to Rob Gun Shop with Toy Pistol
Jul 7, 9:28 am ET

PARIS (Reuters) - Armed with a toy pistol, a would-be robber picked himself an unlikely target in central Paris -- a gun shop.

Staff at the Armurerie Gare de l'Est in the French capital immediately identified the weapon as harmless. The 26-year-old Mauritanian was subsequently arrested, Le Parisien newspaper reported on Friday.

He was unlucky -- earlier this year a fake rocket launcher was successfully used in a break-out from a prison on the unruly Mediterranean island of Corsica.

A member of staff at the gun shop confirmed there had been a robbery attempt, but declined to give further details.

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Apple a Day
July 8, 2003, 04:28 PM
"earlier this year a fake rocket launcher was successfully used in a break-out from a prison on the unruly Mediterranean island of Corsica."
Ohmygoodness! It's the RETURN OF NAPOLEON!!!:what:

sig970
July 8, 2003, 06:05 PM
LOL :D

brian0128
July 8, 2003, 07:59 PM
Gun shop owner had to be laughing at that attempt!:p

Standing Wolf
July 8, 2003, 08:26 PM
Never show up for an armed robbery without arms.

Hot brass
July 9, 2003, 12:25 AM
The French sell guns?

S_O_Laban
July 9, 2003, 01:59 AM
The French sell guns? Yes... and evidently "toy" guns also:D Did anyone notice the owner didn't shoot him, mighty frenchy if you ask me:D

itgoesboom
July 9, 2003, 02:27 AM
Well, this story puts a serious damper on my plan to take over France with a squirt gun.

Oh well, who would want to be neighbors with Germany anyways.


I.G.B.

Monte Harrison
July 9, 2003, 09:04 AM
Well, this story puts a serious damper on my plan to take over France with a squirt gun.A Super Soaker or two should do the job.
Of course the French usually wet themselves at the prospect of battle.

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