Two persons are reported killed in the hostage-taking incident in a supermarket in the south-western France town of Trebes, a security source said on Friday.
The hostage-taker, who has claimed allegiance to the Islamic State terror outfit, had earlier shot at a police officer.
French prosecutors say they are treating the hostage-taking as terror incident.
5.12pm: At least two dead in French supermarket hostage-taking: security source.
5.10pm: Prime Minister Edouard Philippe described the situation, which investigators are treating as terrorism, as “very serious” and Interior Minister Gerard Collomb is heading to the site, his ministry said.
5.08pm: Mayor Eric Ménassi tells BFM TV that the hostage-taker was now alone with one police officer in the supermarket and all other hostages had been freed.
5.02 pm: At least one person has been killed during a hostage situation in a southern France supermarket – Depeche du Midi newspaper reported on Friday.
4.58pm: French prosecutors say treating hostage-taking as terror incident.
4.57 pm: The local prefecture confirmed the hostage-taking at the Super U supermarket but did not confirm the Islamic State allegiance.
A source at the Paris prosecutor’s office said counter-terrorism prosecutors were investigating the hostage-taking.
4.30 pm: France’s Interior Ministry had said security officials were carrying out an operation at a supermarket in southern France, but gave no details.
- 20 pm: The UNSA police union also said on Twitter a police operation was underway after an individual had earlier shot at four officers in the Carcassone region injuring one of them.
Authorities in the Aude region are warning people to avoid the area around the supermarket.