Man holds two people hostage in Paris

French police and a fireman secure the street after a man took people hostage at a shop

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

The hostage-taker reportedly entered the building in Rue des Petites Ecuries, pretending to be a food-delivery courier, at around 4pm local time.

At least two people, including a pregnant woman, have been taken hostage in Paris, French media reports.

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Pictures and video posted on Twitter show heavily armed police officers swarming over the area. 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. He reportedly struck one man, who managed to escape, but was doused with gasoline.

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.

The man was described as "determined and violent" by police, who surrounded the building where three hostages were being held on Tuesday. Police swept vehicles in the area with a device but found nothing, he said.

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