The hostage situation, which took place in the Northern French town of Roubaix on Tuesday, has ended. Shots were fired and several were reported injured before a police raid left one of suspect dead.
The incident, which early speculation suggested stood in connection to the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, was in fact part of an attempted bank robbery with no clear links to terrorism.
Local authorities say the drama began around 19:00 local time.
It is not known how many were hostages taken, but local authorities have confirmed that none were killed.
As many as three men were involved in the hostage taking. At least one suspect has been arrested.