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

A police operation overnight on Monday successfully freed the two hostages held by a man armed with a knife in Paris' 12th arrondissement. 

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)

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. 

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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Pensioner held over murder on French nudist beach

A 75-year-old man has been arrested in France over a murder on a well-known nudist beach outside the southeastern city of Lyon, prosecutors said.

Pensioner held over murder on French nudist beach

The victim, aged 46, was killed on Saturday at the La Mama beach on a lake in the Lyon suburb of Miribel, regional prosecutors said.

The 75-year-old is suspected of shooting the victim multiple times in the bushes nearby following a dispute that arose after the younger man allegedly exposed himself in front of a woman, they added.

The regional daily Le Progres said that the suspect is a member of a shooting club and legally possesses a calibre 22 rifle. The victim was known to the police, it said.

The Le Parisien daily added that according to its information the victim had been a cause of trouble on the beach all Saturday morning with tensions rising to a peak when he began to masturbate in front of a woman.

An altercation ensued at which point the septuagenarian reached for his gun.

Le Progres said that at the peak of the summer season the beach — well known to Lyon’s inhabitants — was operating as normal on Sunday.

Participants in the World Naked Bike Ride France arrived even as police carried out investigations and images showed naked bathers enjoying the hot weather.

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