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Hostage-taking situation at prison in Conde-sur-Sarthe, France (PHOTO, VIDEO)

Two people have been taken hostage at a high-security prison in Conde-sur-Sarthe in the Orne region of north-western France, according to local media. One inmate took a guard and a trainee guard – said to be male and female – hostage at the facility during the evening meal time between 18:30-19:00 GMT, according to Le Figaro. The prisoner is reportedly armed with an improvised knife.Media reports said the French Ministry of Justice has responded to the incident and activated a crisis unit.Footage from the scene shows heavily armed police officers, as well as military servicemen – who apparently arrived by helicopters – amassing in front of the correctional facility. The police officers apparently belong to the elite RAID unit – a special tactical force, analogous to SWAT.BFMTV reported that the prisoner had carried out hostage-takings before and this was the reason why he was moved to the Conde-sur-Sarthe prison.Sources told Le Figaro that the inmate was 35-year-old Francis Dorffer, who was branded a "serial hostage taker" by French media in 2017. Dorffer was incarcerated back in 2000 – when he was just 16 – and he never got out due to all the misconduct behind bars. The crimes, committed by the man while in jail, include a murder of his cellmate, as well as taking pri ...Read more

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