PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 22: The largest McDonald's in the world reopens on the Champs-Elysees following extensive refurbishment. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)
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By Cady Lang
June 9, 2016

In a twist of events straight out of a McDonald’s campaign, two men who attempted to rob a McDonald’s in Eastern France were foiled by a special forces unit.

According to the Connexion, the armed robbers (or hamburglars, if you will) were apprehended by the Groupe d’intervention de la Gendarmerie nationale, a unit similar to the U.S. Navy SEALs, who happened to be eating lunch during the robbery.

The unit waited until the robbery was finished, then confronted the robbers outside, opening fire when the men refused to surrender.

One of the thieves was shot in the stomach, while the other was seriously injured when he fell down the stairs during the pursuit. The pair will face charges of armed robbery and commission of violence.

Write to Cady Lang at cady.lang@timemagazine.com.

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