Paris - An armed man took a parent hostage at a French school on Tuesday, but released his captive after negotiations and was then overpowered by police.
The incident happened in the south-eastern Paris suburb of Vitry-sur-Seine at around 05:00.
The man initially held four children but released them afterwards at the school, which is being used as a leisure centre during the holidays, police said.
The hostage was released and was unharmed.
"The [elite police unit] RAID succeeded in freeing the hostage during negotiations," a police source said. Another source said police subsequently arrested the hostage taker.
A judicial source said the man had "made incoherent statements and expressed a desire to die", during negotiations, adding that the hostage taker had "at no point been threatening" with the parent held captive.