Paris on lockdown as 'armed man takes hostages'

A man claiming to be armed with a bomb and revolver has taken three people hostage in Paris, police have said.

The gunman is reportedly holding the people hostage inside an office.

The Paris Police Prefecture confirmed to CNN that there was "a police intervention" underway at Rue des Petites Ecuries in the 10th arrondissement of the French capital.

He has told officers that he 'wants to get a message to the Iranian embassy and the French government, ' said a source at the scene. The police could not confirm to AP whether the hostage-taker is actually armed. The attacker, who appeared to be brandishing a fake weapon, had doused his remaining two hostages in petrol, the source said.

The French police have said they believe the incident isn't related to terrorism.

There were no immediate details on the age, appearance or nationality of the hostage taker.

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