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Telegraph UK: The Swiss are Wargaming against... Invasion of UnEmployed European Hordes, esp. the French!

Swiss war game envisages invasion by bankrupt French
of bankrupt French invade Switzerland to get their hands on their “stolen” money — such is the imaginary scenario cooked up by the Swiss military in simulations revealed over the weekend.

A Swiss Army honor guard stands 22 March 2006 during a welcoming ceremony for Czech President Vaclav Klaus in Bern. The current number of recruits in the Swiss army stands at around 155, 000 — the biggest army in Europe relative to population size. Photo: AFP/GETTY

By Henry Samuel, Paris
11:51AM BST 30 Sep 2013

Carried out in August, the apparently outlandish army exercise was based on the premise of an attack by a financially stricken France split into warring regions, according to Matin Dimanche, the Lausanne-based daily.

One of these, “Saônia,” corresponding to the existing Jura region, was preparing attacks on Switzerland to retrieve money it had apparently swiped from France.

Operation “Duplex-Barbara” went as far as imagining a three-pronged invasion from points near Neufchâtel, Lausanne and Geneva, according to a map published in the Swiss newspaper.


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From the article:

However, Daniel Berger, captain of the Swiss armoured brigade, sought to play down the specificity of the threat. "The exercise has strictly nothing to do with France, which we appreciate" he told the Swiss press. “It was prepared in 2012, when fiscal relations between both countries were less tense.” “French towns were cited to provide soldiers with a real scale,” he said.



I love how polite, diplomatic, walking-on-eggs the Swiss can be! Seriously!

Oh my.

I only hope for them not too many of my fellow French will stumble on that article.

Some (many...) don't quite get amused vs. pissed off by the same things as mine.

An euphemism over the last two decades...

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


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