CRIME
12/30/2013 02:46 pm ET

French Baker Uses Broom To Fend Off Gunman (VIDEO)

Watch out for this broom-wielding baker.

After a hooded gunman attempted to rob a bakery in a suburb near Paris on Saturday, a female shop worker managed to chase the would-be robber off with a few sweeps. In surveillance video obtained by BFMTV, the French baker uses a broom to fend off the gun-toting person, who attempts to take money from the shop's cash register.

Fortunately, the quick-thinking action worked to scare off the hooded thief before the situation could escalate. No one was injured.

"I think he was as frightened as me," the Le Petit Duc worker told the French news channel.

According to local reports, the person entered the Saint-Maur-des-Fossés bakery and demanded cash. That's when the shop worker retreated to the back of the shop and grabbed the broom to defend herself. She told BFMTV that she proceeded to fight back out of rage.

"What she did was extraordinary, but at the same time she risked her life," the owner of Le Petit Duc later told France's The Local. "Any shop workers face[d] with this kind of attack should respond in moderation."

The incident follows a rash of robberies around the French capital this year. However, earlier this month, France's Interior Minister Manuel Valls assured Parisian shop owners that the number of armed robberies are declining.

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