Armed man takes hostages in Paris

The incident is not believed to be a terrorist attack although the hostage-taker has reportedly demanded to speak to the Iranian embassy.

French police with their dog secure the street as a man has taken people hostage at a business in Paris, France, June 12, 2018. The French Special Forces have been photographed arriving at the scene.

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

The freed hostage was reportedly doused with gasoline and hit in the face as he was freed, according to Lefebvre, head of the FO police union.

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The man was described as "determined and violent" by police, who surrounded the building where three hostages were being held on Tuesday.

Videos and images circulating on social media show several police vehicles as well as heavily armed officers at the scene. Law enforcement officials cordoned off the area.

Negotiations with the suspect were taking place, according to an Interior Ministry official who couldn't be identified because the operation was in progress.

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