France is resorting to somewhat medieval tactics as it scrambles to meet the new threats posed by Islamic terrorism within its borders.
Already Paris is burning following days of violent Muslim riots
Half the French army has been deployed to the streets to maintain security.
But there are threats that boots on the ground can’t stop until it’s too late.
One of those threats is the use of drones in terrorist attacks.
To counter that threat, the French Army has trained four Golden Eagles to target and destroy hostile drones.
The Washington Post reports:
Under French military supervision, four golden eagle chicks hatched last year atop drones — born into a world of terror and machines they would be bred to destroy.
The eagles — named d’Artagnan, Athos, Porthos and Aramis — grew up with their nemeses. They chased drones through green grass that summer, pecking futilely at composite shells as seen in Sky News footage. They were rewarded with meat, which they ate off the backs of the drones.
When the eagles were ready — this month — d’Artagnan launched screeching from a military control tower across a field, Agence France-Presse reported.
The bird covered 200 meters in 20 seconds, slamming into a drone, then diving with the wreckage into the tall grass.