Armed hostage-taker overpowered in Paris boutique

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PARIS, Aug 22, 2007 (AFP) - A man armed with a knife who burst into a Sonia Rykiel luxury fashion boutique in Paris and held shop employees hostage for several hours was overpowered and arrested on Tuesday, August 21st, police said.

Des membres du RAID arrivent devant un magasin Sonia Rykiel situé dans le VIIIe de Paris, le 21 août 2007 - Photo : Thomas Coex/AFP

Police blocked off the area around Rue du Faubourg Saint Honore where the world's top fashion houses have their shops in central Paris, not far from the Elysee presidential palace.

The man, in his late 30's and described as calm but psychologically fragile, threatened three staff members and held them hostage for about seven hours before being grabbed by police.

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