French Use of Force in Africa

No, not Mali. Rather, the Gulf of Aden. A French fishing trawler sank a Somali pirate mothership during an exchange of fire. Several of the alleged pirates were killed; expect lawsuits about the French use of excessive force. Of course, Somali pirate apologists like to say that they have been driven to crime by massive overfishing in Somali waters by European vessels, with Spain and France among the worst offenders. The overfishing is real, but the pirate motives aren’t. They are in it for the money. (H/T: my friends at Neptune.)