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Eighteen evacuated from mall after armed robbery

French special forces have evacuated 18 people from a shopping centre near Paris after three gunmen stormed a Primark store, in what is believed to have been an attempted armed robbery.

It is believed the group were the employees originally trapped inside by the raiders.

One of them had fallen, but otherwise nobody was injured, police said.

Gunmen 'hold up store near Paris, 10 people inside'

Gunmen have stormed a store a near Paris with 10 people still inside, according to local media reports.

The raid is underway at a Primark near Paris. Credit: PA

Three armed raiders reportedly targeted the Primark store in the Qwartz shopping centre in Villeneuve-la-Garenne, in the Hauts-de-Seine region, at around 6.30am.

Police say they believe it was an attempted armed robbery.

Officers said 10 members of staff were unaccounted for.

Le Figaro quotes a police source as saying that it is not believed to be a terrorist act at this stage.

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France beheading suspect took 'selfie' with victim

The main suspect in the beheading of a businessman took a "selfie" with the slain victim and sent the image to a Canadian mobile phone number, officials said.

French police at the scene of the murder in Lyon Credit: Reuters

French investigators were working to determine the recipient's identity, but were not able to confirm reports that it was an unspecified person now in Syria, where the radical Islamic State group has seized territory.

The main suspect Yassine Salhi, a truck driver with a history of radical Islamic ties, as well as his sister and wife remained in police custody in the city of Lyon, a day after he allegedly crashed a truck into a US-owned chemical warehouse and hung his employer's severed head on a factory gate, officials said.

One of the officials said the selfie was forwarded via WhatsApp to a phone number in Canada.

Firefighter seized suspect after France terror attack

A firefighter seized the main suspect following the France terror attack in which a businessman was decapitated. The suspect, Yassine Salhi, was flagged in 2006 for suspected ties to radical Salafists, France's Interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve said.

A policeman stands in front of an industrial gas factory in Saint-Quentin Fallavier, France.

Mr Cazeneuve said Salhi - a resident of the Lyon suburb of Saint-Priest who is in his 30s - had been known to intelligence services and was under surveillance from 2006 to 2008.

Officials said the decapitated man was the boss of a local transportation company that employed Salhi. One official said he was believed to have been killed before the attack on the factory and was not killed by the explosion.

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Three detained over decapitation terror attack in France

Three people have been detained after a man was decapitated in a suspected Islamist terrorist attack at a chemical factory in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier near Lyon, southeastern France.

Police have detained a woman believed to the suspect's wife. Credit: APTN

The man who was detained was Yassine Salhi, who is in his 30s and from the Lyon suburb of Saint-Priest, a police intelligence official confirmed. Two people were arrested at Salhi's apartment by security officials, with one said to be his wife.

Hollande raises France terror threat level

Francois Hollande has described the murder of a business as cowardly. Credit: PA

President Francois Hollande has raised the security level in France to its highest possible point, following the terror attack near Lyon.

Hollande described the attack as "cowardly" and has promised that thousands of police officers will be deployed across France in order to improve security.

Report: 'Man found beheaded was boss of suspect'

A source close to the investigation has told Reuters that the person who was found beheaded at a chemical factory in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier near Lyon, southeastern France was the manager of the man suspected of ramming their delivery vehicle into gas canisters there.

The source told Reuters that the two went together to the company site to make a delivery. The suspect is believed to have killed and decapitated his victim before then driving their vehicle into the premises, the source said.

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