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60 monks rescued from French retirement home

Some 60 residents of a retirement home for monks in southern France which was stormed by a gunman have been brought to safety, local officials said.

They added that the suspect - who was reportedly armed with a knife and a sawn-off shotgun - remains at large.

"One woman, a resident was assassinated. The security forces have evacuated the residents, about 60, who are safe and sound," an official at the scene said, adding that the search in the building was over.

"The (security forces) are still working to find the suspect," they added.

Police at retirement home stormed by gunman

Photos from the scene of a retirement home for monks in southern France which has been stormed by a gunman show police at the scene.

Local media reported that the police were regrouping in a car park close to the home.

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One dead after armed man storms monks retirement home

One person has been found dead at a retirement home for monks after a gunman stormed the building.

Around 70 monks reportedly live at the home near Montpellier, in south west France.

Initial reports suggested the man was armed with a knife and a sawn-off shotgun when he entered the home.

Police are now hunting the suspect, but say there is "no indication" at this stage that the attack was a "terrorist attack".

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Marine Le Pen: 'Trump election part of new world order'

Marine Le Pen is happy about Donald Trump's election Credit: Andrew Marr Show/BBC

Far right French leader Marine Le Pen has described Donald Trump's election as part of a new world order.

The National Front chief said she hoped the Republican's ascendancy to the White House would help propel her own party to victory in the French elections next spring.

Le Pen told the Andrew Marr show Trump's win last week was an "additional stone in the building of a new world destined to replace the old one". She added that the result, coupled with Britain's decision to leave the EU, were "essentially referendums against the unfettered globalisation" in Europe.

Le Pen said she hoped France would "upend the table" in the spring and follow suit.

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