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    Hostage Situation Reported in French Prison in Condé-sur-Sarthe

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    In May, the Orne prison in the northwest of France had witnessed a terrorist act when a radicalised detainee and his companion had maintained a hostage situation for several hours. 

    A hostage situation is ongoing in a prison in the French city of Condé-sur-Sarthe, the BFMTV broadcaster reported on Tuesday citing its sources. 

    The French Ministry of Justice has already responded to the incident at the Orne prison by activating a crisis unit as two supervisors are currently being held hostage.

    According to local media, the incident unfolded during meal time at the prison; the offender took advantage of the staff letting their guards down at the time. 

    The hostage is reportedly Francis Dorffer, an inmate, who was sentenced to 30 years for killing another inmate. He is armed with an improvised blade weapon.

    A crisis centre was set up by the Ministry of Justice.

    This is not the first time a detained prisoner has created a hostage situation during his incarceration. In May, the prison in the city of Condé-sur-Sarthe had seen another hostage-taking incident. 

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