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Text by FRANCE 24 (with wires)

Latest update : 2011-10-17

A man claiming to be an unemployed computer technician entered a Parisian job center Monday and took the director and deputy director of the job center hostage, according to police sources.

Two employees at a job center in the heart of Paris were taken hostage by a man claiming to be an unemployed computer technician Monday, according to police sources.

Reporting from the job center, FRANCE 24’s Malika Kerkoud quoted police sources as saying the assailant had a weapon but not a firearm.

The incident started 11:30 am Monday at a job center on rue Pelée in Paris’ 11th district. The assailant phoned and sent an email statement to the French news website, Rue89.
The hostage taker, Christian Denisot, was holding the director and the deputy director of the unemployment agency, according to the Reuters news service.

"My name is Christian Denisot, 45, average intelligence, average education, without any particular talents, average French,” he wrote according to extracts of his email posted on the Rue89 site.

"Since the early 2000s, like a number of French citizens, I’ve been struggling, but in the past few years, I reached the last stages of my ability to cope,” he said.

"My age is, obviously a handicap in my job search (in fact, when you're 35 years, you’re already too old). Full-time job contracts are impossible to get and part-time contracts are becoming increasingly rare,” he added.

He also called for "the dissolution of violent Zionist groups” in France.

Date created : 2011-10-17