14 Dec 2010

Seige at French infant school ended

7:42 am on 14 December 2010

A teenager armed with swords who had taken about 20 hostages at an infant school in eastern France has been overpowered by the police.

The youth burst into the Charles Fourier school in the eastern city of Besancon at about 8.30am on Monday, the BBC reports.

An elite team from France's GIPN special police force rushed to the scene, along with negotiators. They sealed off the building and neighbouring classrooms were evacuated.

The children were released gradually. None of the 20 children of their teacher were harmed.

French media report the 17-year-old had recently come off medicine that had been prescribed for depression.