Reuters doesn't mention this key detail that RT has: "Reports suggest the man fired one shot from a gun and demanded to speak to the elite police unit responsible for shooting down Islamist gunman Mohamed Merah in March."
"Man claiming al-Qaida link takes hostages in France," from Reuters, June 20 (thanks to all who sent this in):
TOULOUSE - A man claiming to be a member of al-Qaida has taken four hostages in a bank in the southwestern French city of Toulouse, including the bank manager, police officials said on Wednesday.
The man took several hostages in a branch of French bank CIC and fired a shot after an attempted armed robbery apparently went wrong, UNSA police union official Cedric Delage told Reuters. Another police source said there were four hostages.
An anti-terrorist police unit was on its way to the scene and the area was sealed off, Delage said. He could not confirm the man’s claim to be a member of the al-Qaida militant group....