Paris Hostage Taker Demands Contact With Iran Embassy

An armed man claiming to have a bomb has taken three people including a pregnant woman hostage in Paris

He reportedly struck one man, who managed to escape, but was doused with gasoline.

"Officials will be trying to start a negotiation with the man", police union official Yves Lefebvre told BFM TV, which reported that the incident did not appear to be terrorism-related.

They declined to confirm French media reports that the hostage-taker wanted to hand a letter to the Iranian ambassador, or reports that he was holding three people and that one had been injured.

Gerard Collomb tweeted the news ending Tuesday's drama in a ground-floor office in a crowded neighborhood of the French capital.

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French police with their dog secure the street as a man has taken people hostage at a business in Paris, France, June 12, 2018. However, his motivation for such an encounter was unknown.

Crowds of bystanders were held back by a security perimeter at the site, where police and rescue workers were massed, deploying at least one remote-controlled robot on tracks toward the building where the armed man had barricaded himself.

An armed police officer and a sniffer dog search the area.

Officers from Paris' bomb squad are on the scene.

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