End of prison hostage standoff in France, 2 guards freed

PHOTO: Two British veterans join 250 parachutists from the Royal Air Force and Parachute Regiment in a commemorative parachute descent in Sannerville, France, one day before the 75th anniversary of D-Day.PlayABCNews.com
WATCH Parachutists descend on France to commemorate D-Day

The French justice ministry says two guards have been freed after a hostage-taking by an inmate armed with a hand-made weapon at a top security French prison in Normandy.

Interested in France?

Add France as an interest to stay up to date on the latest France news, video, and analysis from ABC News.
Add Interest

The inmate surrendered overnight to special intervention forces called to the scene at Conde-Sur-Sarthe Penitentiary, the ministry said Wednesday.

The prisoner had taken the two guards hostage at dinner time Tuesday.

Prison union representatives described the 35-year-old inmate as "professor of hostage-taking" as he was previously involved in five similar incidents.

The man, convicted for rape and the murder of a prison cellmate, has a history of psychiatric problems, the ministry said.

Conde-Sur-Sarthe was also the site of a hostage-taking in March.