They were being held in a shop in the Aligre district since late Monday afternoon. The first hostage was released unharmed that evening and the second was released this morning.
The hostage taker has been arrested. French media reported the man has a history of psychiatric illness.
— Gérald DARMANIN (@GDarmanin) December 21, 2021
La BRI, the Brigade of Search and Intervention the French equivalent of a SWAT team, was among the units mobilised to resolve the current hostage situation safely.
During the negotiations, the hostage taker had asked to have a discussion with the French Justice Minister, Eric Dupond-Moretti. It is unclear whether such a discussion took place.