Toulouse bank hostage taker is detained by police
A man who seized four people in a bank in the southern French city of Toulouse has been detained.
Officials say the gunman first demanded money. When he was refused, a shot was fired and hostages taken.
The man, saying he was linked to al-Qaeda, demanded to speak to the elite Raid police unit that killed Islamist gunman Mohamed Merah.
The BBC's Hugh Schofield says the three explosions heard were likely to have been stun grenades.