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Hostage-taker arrested and hostages freed after hole-up in Paris

The drama occurred in a ground-floor office in a crowded neighbourhood.

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Police cordon off the area near the scene of a hostage situation, in central Paris (Francois Mori/PA)

Police cordon off the area near the scene of a hostage situation, in central Paris (Francois Mori/PA)

Police cordon off the area near the scene of a hostage situation, in central Paris (Francois Mori/PA)

A hostage-taker has been arrested and his hostages freed, some four hours after holing up in a building in Paris.

French interior minister Gerard Collomb tweeted the news ending the drama in a ground-floor office in a crowded neighbourhood of the French capital.

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Police in riot gear surrounded the entrance of the building (AP)

Police in riot gear surrounded the entrance of the building (AP)

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Police in riot gear surrounded the entrance of the building (AP)

Police earlier reported a man holding two people hostage in an office but there was no indication of terrorist motives.

Videos and images from the scene posted on social media showed police outside a building in central Paris’s Petites Ecuries street.

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