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André Gardes

André Gardes was an unemployed French nuclear physicist who tried to take over the island of Sark in the English Channel with a semi-automatic weapon in 1990. At the time the Seigneur of the island was John Michael Beaumont.

The night Gardes arrived he put up some signs declaring his intention to take over the island the following day at noon. The next day the voluntary constable arrested Gardes as he was sitting on a bench changing his gun's magazine, waiting for noon to arrive.


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