French police responding to reported hostage situation in central Paris

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 in 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.

A police man patrols near a cordoned off area, the scene of a hostage situation, in central Paris, France, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. Police in riot gear on Tuesday surrounded the entrance of a building in central Paris where a man was holding two people hostage, police headquarters said.  (AP Photo Francois Mori)

Police have cordoned off the area where the hostage situation was taking place on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP)

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.