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This is the moment an armed man who took several hostages at a post office northwest of Paris surrendered to police.

This is the moment an armed man who took several hostages at a post office northwest of Paris surrendered to police.

No one was injured in the hostage crisis in Colombes, on the northwestern outskirts of the French capital, authorities said.

Police said early indications suggested the incident was unrelated to the terror attacks that left 20 people dead last week.

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The hostage-taker was a customer who seemed "to have lost his head," Paris police said as the crisis was unfolding.

Authorities said the man, who is in his 30s and has a history of mental health problems, cited "a love disappointment" during negotiations.

He was reportedly armed with a rifle. Early reports suggested the incident might have been a robbery gone wrong, as the gunman was known to police as petty criminal.

He initially claimed to be armed with grenades and a Kalashnikov, Le Parisien reported.

The area was cordoned off by security forces, with a police helicopter hovering over the scene.

Meanwhile, French authorities can now ban suspected jihadists from leaving the country, as part of tougher anti-terrorism measures.

The law which entered into force yesterday gives authorities the power to confiscate passports when they have reasons to believe that a person intends to travel for terrorist purpose.

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