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News outlets in France are reporting an armed man has burst into a retirement home for monks in Montpellier, France and has inside, up to 70 hostages.

According to Metropolitain, French police units are at the scene at the home of the African missions on Baillarguet Road in Montferrier-sur-Lez, Montpellier, which is a home for retired monks.

The man was armed with a knife and a shotgun when he entered the home at around 8.45pm (local time).

A staff member escaped before the gunman noticed and raised the alarm.

We hope everyone comes out safe from this terrible incident.

This is a breaking story, more to follow…


This morning, armed gunmen stormed a branch of Primark in north west Paris – trapping 18 workers inside.

Thankfully, the hostages have now all been freed, however, the three gunmen have yet to be captured. 

One of the gunmen is an employee of Primark, local reports state.

When the attacks arrived at the shopping mall a little after 6am local time, the 18 individuals were trapped in a staff canteen, although some of their colleagues were able to escape immediately. 

The hostages "were evacuated around 10.30am, one of them was unwell but no-one was injured," police said this afternoon, though the circumstances of their release are still unclear.

The armed men were seen by CCTV entering the mall but have not been filmed leaving the premises – indicating they are still inside.

One worker told Le Parisien he saw people fleeing in a panic: "Everyone was running and screaming 'they are armed, they are armed, we must get out'."

Paris – and indeed, all of France – remains on high-alert after Islamic extremists attacked and killed 20 at the offices of Charlie Hedbo in January.

And last month as ISIS killed 38 in Tunisia, Yassin Salhi, a French lorry drive with extremist links, decapitated his boss before ramming a vehicle into a chemical plant near Lyon.


Breaking news from AFP confirms that gunmen are holding up a Primark store near Paris.

There are reportedly ten people trapped inside. 

The Primark store (Penneys operates as Primark outside of Ireland) is located at Villeneuve-la-Garenne in the north-west of the city.

Local sources have told news agencies that the men entered the building at around 6.30am local time (5.30am Irish time).

Police have unofficially said they think the incident is "an attempt at armed robbery," but that the situation is developing. Elite forces have now been sent to the area.

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