A teenager released four women after holding them hostage in a newsagent’s store in Toulouse, southwestern France, on Tuesday, a police source said.
The 17-year-old, who was arrested at a yellow vest protest in December, had made no demands before releasing the women, the source said.
He fired at least one shot over the heads of police and had demanded a negotiator, the source said, adding that the incident did not appear to be terrorism-related.
The gunman had not yet surrendered to authorities.
Police and set up a 300-metre (330-yard) security cordon around the store in the city’s Blagnac suburb and told neighbours to stay indoors.