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“We thought, ‘We’re sleeping over a pressure cooker’ — because we live right above the garage,” she told AP Television News. “We didn’t know what was happening, but it’s true it was worrisome …”

“We haven’t slept for the three days since they arrested somebody here,” Mrs. Pierre-Brebois said of herself and her husband, Philippe.

Sylvie Corbet in Paris and Nicolas Garriga in Torcy contributed to this report.