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Hostage ordeal briefly paralyzes a Paris neighborhood
Hostage ordeal briefly paralyzes a Paris neighborhood

Marie Elong embraced her daughter in relief as the 11-year-old raced through the doors of her school in the city's Porte de Vincennes district. "I was so worried," the sobbing mother said, hugging the girl, whose eyes also filled with tears. "No one thought something like this could happen here." For more than four hours on Friday, a large swath of this animated, densely populated district of eastern Paris was largely paralyzed. The neighborhood's varied inhabitants, including large immigrant populations from sub-Saharan and northern Africa, along with a substantial Jewish community, endured a kind of collective ordeal as part of the running drama that has...

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