Police have detained a 17-year-old who took a class full of pre-schoolers hostage and all the children have been released safely, a city official has said.
Jean-Marc Magda, aide to the mayor of Besancon, said “the hostage-taking is over” and the hostage-taker is under police custody, still inside the school.
Earlier a 17-year-old armed with swords took about 20 small children and their teacher hostage at the pre-school in eastern France.
Fourteen of the children were later released, but six remained inside the school in the city of Besancon, said a police official. An official with city hall said they were in the Charles Fourier pre-school.
The motives for the hostage taking were unclear.
The other classes in the school were evacuated. Mr Magda said on BFM-TV that the children’s families were offered psychological and medical assistance.
Mr Magda said a special police force was sent in from Strasbourg to help local police handle the stand-off.
The swordsman had suffered from depression, police said. His doctors were contacted by investigators trying to discover what could be behind the hostage-taking.
The school is in Planoise, a neighbourhood of housing projects with a big immigrant population on the western edge of Besancon.