PARIS — Gendarmes entered a pre-school Monday where a 17-year-old armed with swords was holding several small children and their teacher hostage in eastern France.
Specialists officers in masks, their firearms pointed at the school's windows and doors, entered the building in the city of Besancon around lunchtime. They were in contact by telephone with the hostage-taker, according to an official with the regional police headquarters.
The hostage-taker initially seized a class of 20 children but released 14 throughout the morning. Five or six children and the teacher were believed to be still in the pre-school when the GIPN officers entered, said Besancon Mayor Jean-Louis Fousseret on i-tele television.