Man held hostages at school with fake gun
A man who took hostages at a school complex just south of Paris used a "fake firearm", an official said.
All hostages were released unharmed and a suspect was detained after yesterday's incident.
Patrick Dallennes, a top official in the Val de Marne region, said: "It wasn't a firearm he used but a fake one with gas cartridges . . . without the capacity to kill."
The drama began as parents dropped their children off at the complex, which was being used as a summer camp.
The alleged hostage-taker was incoherent in his talks with police and his motivations remain unclear.
The complex is in the town of Vitry-sur-Seine, a commuter town with residents from a variety of socio-economic classes.
Most hostages, who included children, were freed fairly quickly, police said, though one parent was held for several hours. All were unhurt.