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Suspect held after woman killed at missionary home

Firefighters and ambulances are seen outside the retirement home on Thursday. Credit: PA

A man has been arrested following a fatal knife attack at a retirement home for Catholic missionaries in southern France.

An official from the National Gendarmerie said a 47-year-old, with no apparent links to extremism, was detained 100 miles from his home in Saint-Mathieu-de-Treviers - an area close to Thursday's attack.

The man, who cannot be identified, was reportedly a former member of the French military, however French authorities have not been able to confirm this.

The suspect was arrested in relation to attack in which a masked intruder tied up two women at a retirement home in Montferrer-sur-Lez, just north of Montpellier.

The victim, a 54-year-old employee, was found with three stab wounds, bound and tied up outside the building, prosecutor Christophe Barret told a news conference before Friday's arrest.

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Manhunt for gunman who killed woman at monks' home

French gendarmes stand guard near the retirement home. Credit: Reuters

French gendarmes, or military police, are guarding a retirement home in the south of the country after it was stormed by an armed man and an elderly woman was found stabbed to death.

The body of the woman was found gagged and tied up outside the building with three stab wounds, a spokesperson said.

French gendarmes stand guard near the retirement home. Credit: Reuters

The suspect fled the scene and a manhunt is underway.

The identity of the assailant and motives for the killing remain unclear.

A police helicopter searches for the suspect. Credit: Reuters

Suspect at large after storming retirement home

Police in south-west France are searching for an armed man after finding a woman's body in a retirement home for monks.

A source told Reuters, the caretaker raised the alarm after freeing herself after being bound and gagged by the suspect.

The home in Montferrier-sur-Lez - about 10 kilometres north of Montpellier - is a home for retired missionaries who had previously worked in Africa.

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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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