UPDATE: Two women freed after being held hostage in Paris shop

A French soldier stands on guard near a hardware store where two women were taken hostage on Monday
A French soldier stands on guard near a hardware store where two women were taken hostage on Monday. (Photo by Alain JOCARD / AFP)
A police operation overnight on Monday successfully freed the two hostages held by a man armed with a knife in Paris' 12th arrondissement. 

They were being held in a shop in the Aligre district since late Monday afternoon. The first hostage was released unharmed that evening and the second was released this morning. 

The hostage taker has been arrested. French media reported the man has a history of psychiatric illness. 

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La BRI, the Brigade of Search and Intervention the French equivalent of a SWAT team, was among the units mobilised to resolve the current hostage situation safely. 

During the negotiations, the hostage taker had asked to have a discussion with the French Justice Minister, Eric Dupond-Moretti. It is unclear whether such a discussion took place. 


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