In a move that may well earn them a spot on one of those "world's dumbest criminals" lists circulating online, Somali pirates mistook a French naval ship for a commercial vessel on Sunday and tried to attack it, according to a Reuters report.
It didn't take long for the French to correct this case of mistaken identity: They seized 11 suspected pirates 600 miles off the coast of Somalia.
The question of jurisdiction
So, what will the French do with the bumbling brigands?
"For the moment we don't have any indication of what the European Union forces want to do with these pirates," said the spokesman.
Pirates captured by a Canadian NATO ship last month were immediately released, because they could not be tried under Canadian law. Other captured pirates have been sent for trial in Kenya or to Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Puntland, or to France.
And, in probably the most highly publicized case, a suspected pirate brought from the Indian Ocean to New York City for his alleged role in attacking a US-flagged ship and holding it hostage last month will escape hanging. That's right, Abduwali Muse will not face death by rope, reports Bloomberg.
In a fit of modern-day leniency, US authorities decided life in prison would be punishment enough if Muse is convicted of piracy.
Some pirate success
Other pirates this weekend did a better job of identifying their targets.