- "Servitas vitae."
- — Corsica interceptor in Multiplayer.
The GIGN (French: Groupe d'Intervention de la Gendarmerie Nationale, English: National Gendarmerie Intervention Group), is the French Military Forces elite counter terrorism/tactical unit. They make an appearance in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, fighting Russian troops through the streets of Paris in the mission "Bag and Drag".
The GIGN appear prominently in the campaign mission, "Bag and Drag". The GIGN Barracks, located in Satory, was presumed to have been hit by the pre-emptive chemical attacks. Most of the GIGN's members were said to have died during the attack, while the few surviving men fought their way through Paris during the night and the morning of the following day, ending up in a Paris restaurant.
They then descended down to the sewers, with Faucon using a crowbar to break open a locked door to gain access to the catacombs underneath Paris. However, they soon entered another gunfight with Volk's personal bodyguards, and chased him back to street level. When they managed to get back to ground level, Volk had escaped in a car, though the GIGN ordered Team Metal to resume chase, and stayed behind to hold off enemy reinforcements that may appear. The GIGN did not make an appearance in "Iron Lady", though it is presumed Sabre and Faucon are alive following the events of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.
The following men's ranks are randomly generated.
- Leboeuf (usually Sgt.)
- "Servitas vitae"
- — "To Save Lives" Once a Multiplayer match begins.
- "Très bien. We have won."
- — "Very good." Said when victorious.
- "Couvrez-moi! Je recharge!"
- — Cover me! I'm reloading!
- "Je change de chargeur!"
- — Changing magazine!
- "Merde! Je recharge!"
- — Shit! I'm reloading!
- — Reloading!
- "Je place du C4!"
- — Placing C4!
- "Je pose une mine!"
- — Placing mine (claymore)!
- "Cible neutralisée!"
- — Target neutralized!
- "Ennemi abattu!"
- — Enemy gunned down!
- "Tango abattu!"
- — Tango gunned down!
- — Awesome!
- "Attention! Une roquette!"
- — Rocket! Watch out!
The GIGN appears in Survival Mode, named Riot Shield Squad. It is unlocked at rank 21 and costs $5000. They appear in a group of three, wielding Riot Shields and MP5s. They can be bought from the Air Support Armory.
The GIGN also have a minor appearance in the Special Ops mission Server Crash, in the form of a randomized soldier who serves as the player's driver during the opening sequence of the mission. They are also seen in the mission Toxic Paradise, where they will fly away after dropping the player off during the beginning, and serve as the extraction chopper at the end. Interestingly, if they are still present when the player engages targets, they will call out targets as if they were assisting the player in combat. It is possible to fail the mission by shooting down the chopper, accomplished by using an airstrike marker in the beginning or end of the mission and throwing it right below the chopper.
- The GIGN's picture in Survival Mode shows that they have green outfits, but in gameplay, they are blue.
- Their spawn theme can be heard in the middle part of "Return to Sender" mission and saving the Russian President in "Down The Rabbit Hole.
- Some of the character models have an MP7 holstered on their leg. This MP7 has the stock retracted and the magazine visibly smaller.
- Their victory theme is the PMC's spawn theme, only a little longer.