Man surrenders after taking hostages in south of France

A gunman who took two women hostage in a jewellery store in the southern French city of Montpellier on Friday has given himself up, officials say, adding the incident has no link to the Islamist violence around Paris.

After around seven hours of negotiations, the man surrendered to police, sources say. “This man entered the jewellery store but there was no attempted robbery and his motive is not known,” prosecutor Christophe Barret told reporters.

He had earlier told AFP that the incident was an armed robbery, insisting “it has nothing to do with what is happening in Paris.”