A brilliantly funny moment in a very well-acted and written dramatic film based closely on an historic event in 1976. Minor changes in the story did not detract from the historical event, they allowed the story to be told and to convey it's many positions and nature.
Unlike what many detractors say, this is not a "racist" film in any way; terrorists hijacked a bus full of - and kidnapped - 30 CHILDREN with hopes of using them as hostages so that their demands of: fellow terrorists release, a referendum of the Djibouti Government would not occur, and the French would leave and not support the Government (thereby allowing the terrorists and, indirectly, Somalia to take over the territory).
Instead, the terrorists held one boy in Somalia proper, one 5 year old little girl was shot and killed by Somali terrorists as she ran to the bus driver - the same shot nearly blowing off his leg (later amputated) which caused him life-long disability, 7 terrorists killed, 20 more were wounded and between 1 and 7 Somali Government forces were killed (the Somali's were not sure, but they say it was not the single one that French claim), 5 children were wounded, 2 seriously - one a granddaughter of Legionnaire, she died of her wounds (2 children died, the boy taken to Somalia was later released); the female caring for the children on the bus was also wounded as was a Lieutenant of the Legionnaires.
The referendum proceeded and passed and, in 1977 (a year after the terrorists had tried to stop the referendum), by which the Republic of Djibouti was formed.