A man armed with a knife, known to the authorities because of his psychiatric history, holds two women hostage inside in a shop in the Paris, police said, ruling out the possibility that it was a terrorist attack.
The perpetrator, aged about 50, is holding the two women in a shop in the busy Bastille district. According to a police source, this is a hardware store.
The man asked to speak with Justice Minister Eric Dipon Moretti.
The area has been cordoned off by strong police forces.