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Offbeat French police responding to reported hostage situation in central Paris

20:41  12 june  2018
20:41  12 june  2018 Source:   foxnews.com

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a car driving on a city street: Emergency services arrive at the scene of a hostage situation in central Paris on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. © Provided by Fox News Emergency services arrive at the scene of a hostage situation in central Paris on Tuesday, June 12, 2018.

At least two people are reportedly being held hostage in a building in central Paris, prompting a large police response to the area.

French police said it was not clear if the man was armed and there was no indication of terrorist motives. Officials declined to provide more details.

Le Parisien reported three people were taken hostage, including a pregnant woman, at a building on central Paris' Petites Ecuries street. More than a dozen heavily-armed police officers, firefighters and rescue workers were stationed outside the entrance of the building where the hostages were being held. The area was evacuated and the street was cordoned off. 

The man reportedly asked for the Iranian embassy to be contacted but the police did not confirm the report. Police also did not confirm reports that one of the hostages was injured. An Interior Ministry official said negotiations with the suspect were taking place. 

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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