Paris police in ‘hostage taking’ standoff with armed man

Police have sealed off streets near the scene in the 10th arrondissement and are negotiating with the hostage-taker, Mr Lefebvre said.

The man reportedly asked to speak to the Iranian embassy to deliver a message to the French government, Reuters reports.

Police said the incident does not appear to be terrorism-related.

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

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The Evening Standard reports the attack doused the remaining two hostages in petrol.

Police initially said the hostage scene was unfolding in an office in the building, but soon stopped communicating details to journalists.

The man was described as "determined and violent" by police, who surrounded the building where three hostages were being held on Tuesday. "His demands were really vague and incoherent", said an interior ministry official.

The hostage was allegedly hurt after being hit with a wrench as the hostage-taker, who has not been identified, entered the tech store on the afternoon of June 12.

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