Paris police in ‘hostage taking’ standoff with armed man

Paris street on lockdown amid reports of armed man holding people hostage

An area in Paris has been on lockdown after an armed man reportedly took several people, including a pregnant woman, hostage in one of the buildings, local media report.

The Paris Police Prefecture confirmed to CNN that there was "a police intervention" underway at Rue des Petites Ecuries in the 10th arrondissement of the French capital.

"The individual has been arrested and the hostages are out of danger", Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said on Twitter.

The police said they could not confirm whether the man was armed.

French special forces are in contact with and negotiating with the man, who claimed to have a handgun and a bomb and demanded to be put in contact with the Iranian embassy in Paris.

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The incident is not believed to be terror related.

After entering the building, the attacker hit a man, who managed to flee.

There initially were three hostages, but one was reportedly freed shortly after the hostage-taking began at about 4 p.m.in the office of a startup, police union official Yves Lefebvre said.

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