Man arrested after hostage incident in Paris: minister

Man arrested after hostage incident in Paris: minister

A journalist for BFM Paris said two hostages had been taken.

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

"All the hostages are safe and sound", Gerard Collomb said in a brief statement.

Police would not immediately confirm whether the person holding the hostages was armed or describe the nature of his demands. "The negotiator had difficulty understanding".

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More than a dozen heavily-armed police officers, firefighters and rescue workers were stationed outside the building where the hostages were being held, located in a crowded neighbourhood in the centre of the French capital.

The gunman is reportedly holding the people hostage inside an office. A Paris police official told CBS News there was no immediate indication of a link to terrorism, however members of the force's elite serious crime unit, known as the BRI, were on the scene.

One of the hostages is reportedly a pregnant woman, and another is "severely injured", according to a witness. He reportedly struck one man, who managed to escape, but was doused with gasoline.

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