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

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Police in riot gear on Tuesday surrounded the entrance of a building in central Paris where a man was holding at least two people hostage, French authorities said.

The hostage-taker also claimed he had an accomplice outside the building with a bomb, according to Lefebvre.

The incident is not believed to be terror related.

He said: "An armed man is entrenched rue des Petits Stables, Paris 10th".

"Two hostages, including one who had petrol poured on them", have been freed police said.

Interior Minister Gerard Collomb posted on Twitter just before 8 Paris, saying the hostages had been freed and the suspect was detained by police.

The police could not confirm to AP whether the hostage-taker is actually armed.

French police have cordoned off the area and confirmed there was a "police intervention" underway in Rue des Petites Ecuries in the 10th arrondissement of the French capital, CNN reports.

According to reports he had demanded to be put in contact with the Iranian ambassador in Paris and that he didn't want any police cars in the vicinity.