Man holds two people hostage in Paris

French police and firefighters secure the street as a man has taken two people hostage at a business in Paris France

French police and firefighters secure the street as a man has taken two people hostage at a business in Paris France

At least two people have reportedly been taken hostage in Paris, CNN affiliate BFMTV reported.

French police said it was not clear if the man was armed and there was no indication of terrorist motives.

There were no immediate details on the age, appearance or nationality of the hostage taker. The area was evacuated and the street was cordoned off.

Police also did not confirm reports that one of the hostages was injured.


Photos and videos from the scene showed numerous police vehicles and ambulances at Rue des Petites Ecuries in the 10th arrondissement of the French capital. But the police source said he had asked to communicate with the Iranian embassy so that they could convey a message to the French government.

He said to be armed with a bomb and a fake handgun and had originally taken three people hostage but one managed to escape.

Negotiations with the suspect were taking place, according to an Interior Ministry official who couldn't be identified because the operation was in progress.

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