• Short Summary

    POLICE THROUGHOUT FRANCE ARE TONIGHT (FRIDAY) SEARCHING FOR FOUR GUNMEN WHO HELD THREE PEOPLE HOSTAGE IN A HOTEL ROOM IN VILLEFRANCHE FOR 24 HOURS.

  • Description

    POLICE THROUGHOUT FRANCE ARE TONIGHT (FRIDAY) SEARCHING FOR FOUR GUNMEN WHO HELD THREE PEOPLE HOSTAGE IN A HOTEL ROOM IN VILLEFRANCHE FOR 24 HOURS. THE MEN WERE ALLOWED TO LEAVE THE HOTEL WITH ONE OF THEIR HOSTAGES ON THE CONDITION THAT THEY HANDED OVER THEIR WEAPONS AND LET THE HOSTAGE GO FREE ABOUT HALF AN HOUR AFTER LEAVING VILLEFRANCE.

    THE DRAMA BEGAN ON WEDNESDAY MORNING. THE THREE MEN...SAID BY POLICE TO INCLUDE A WELL-KNOWN UNDERWORLD FIGURE WHO ESCAPED FROM A MARSEILLES MENTAL HOSPITAL...BARRICADED THEMSELVES IN THE HOTEL. HOLDING THREE TOURISTS AS HOSTAGES, THEY FOUGHT A GUN BATTLE WITH POLICE.

    THE THREE HOSTAGE...A 73 YEAR OLD WEST GERMAN, HIS 62-YEAR OLD WIFE, AND A 56 YEAR OLD FRENCHMAN...WERE GUESTS AT THE HOTEL. THE WOMAN WAS SHOT IN THE LEG WHEN SHE ATTEMPTED TO STOP THE GUNMEN ENTERING HER ROOM.

    TODAY POLICE AGREED TO LET THE MEN GO FREE IF THEY WOULD TURN OVER THEIR WEAPONS AND RELEASE THE FRENCHMAN...WHO WAS TAKEN AS A HOSTAGE....ABOUT HALF AN HOUR AFTER LEAVING THE HOTEL. THE GUNMEN AGREED AND DROVE TOWARDS NICE IN A WHITE SALOON CAR., BUT THE HOSTAGE WASN'T RELEASED IN THE TOWN AS EXPECTED AND FEARS WERE HELD FOR HIS SAFETY. FINALLY THERE WAS A PHONE CALL FROM AIX... 90 MILES (150 KMS) FROM NICE., IT WAS FROM THE FRENCH HOSTAGE WHO SAID HE WAS WELL AND HADN'T BEEN BADLY TREATED.

    NOW A NATIONWIDE SEARCH IS ON FOR THE GUNMEN WHO WERE LAST SEEN HEADING TOWARDS THE ITALIAN BORDER.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAAXSTSSLWUGIRR53XQO78AMVDK
    Media URN:
    VLVAAXSTSSLWUGIRR53XQO78AMVDK
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/04/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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