BREAKING: Gunman takes hostages at retirement home for monks in Montpellier, France

BFMTV is reporting that a search is under way for the assailant and it would appear the monks are safe, however one woman was found stabbed to death.

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At least 70 monks reside at the centre, located in the south of France.

Witnesses say the man entered the buiding at around 8.45pm.

He was wearing a hoody and armed with a knife and sawn-off shotgun.