GIGN (acronym for Groupe d'intervention de la Gendarmerie nationale) is the special operations squad of the French Gendarmerie.
This unit gained celebrity for its success in the Grand Mosque Seizure, in December 1979 or other couter-terrorism operations like the liberation of the 164 passengers of Air France Flight 8969 during Christmas eve, 1994. The plane, hijacked by four GIA terrorists that planned to either fly the plane into the Eiffel Tower in Paris, or simply blow it up over the city.
America had 11-09, France has GIGN.
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