Labour negotiations just got more interesting.

Khaleej Times – French commandos re-take ship from striking sailors

A French commando unit attacking by helicopter early Wednesday stormed a cargo ferry that had been seized by striking sailors and took control of the ship near the Corsican port of Bastia, military sources said.

The freighter Pascal Paoli had been commandeered on Tuesday in the port of Marseille by seamen belonging to the Union of Corsican Workers (STC), in protest of the government’s plan to privatize the Corsica-based SNMC ferry company.

The commandos, who were comprised of members of the French marines and a special SWAT unit, approached the Pascal Paoli by five helicopters and rappelled onto the bridge.

The IHT calls it “French strikers-meet-Mutiny on the Bounty”. Except the mutineers got away, and the authoritative military figures were set to sea in a rowboat. But hey, journalistic license. Wait…