The four women held hostage since Tuesday afternoon by a 17-year-old man in a bar-PMU in Blagnac, near Toulouse, were released “safe and sound” in the early evening.
Shortly before 21:30, the hostage taker, armed, who had triggered his action at 16:20, was however “still entrenched in the bar-tobacco”, said the prefect of Haute-Garonne and Occitanie Etienne Guyot, during a press briefing on the premises.
French police say an armed man has taken multiple hostages in a store on the outskirts of Toulouse.
The case is happening in a convenience store in Blagnac, near Toulouse airport.
Update : According to La Dépeche du Midi, the local newspaper, all the hostages are women.
The man opened fire at police twice when they tried to approach the shop in Blagnac, a town near Toulouse airport, where he is holed up, according to Le Figaro.
Security forces have cordoned off the area and elite RAID police officers are at the scene.
According to La Dépêche, police sources are not treating the incident as terror-related, saying they believe it may be the result of a botched armed robbery.
However, Le Parisien and Le Figaro both quoted other security sources as saying the man was carrying a GoPro – the type of mobile camera that has been used by terrorists to film their attacks.
“The man has asked for a negotiator and has threatened to kill a hostage if the security cordon is not moved back,” according to the local France 3 TV.
Developing story via Sky News / Telegraph, Le Figaro, Le Parisian, France 3