BREAKING: Man armed with knife takes hostages in Paris

French police declared on Monday they are dealing with a hostage situation in Paris.

Officers in Paris have tweeted that people should bypass the area of Aligre in the 12th arrondissement amid reports of two women being held at knifepoint by a man in a hardware shop.

The Prefecture de Police stated its officers were at the scene and a security cordon had been set up.

Europe 1 reported that the hostage-taker is thought to be a Tunisian man with mental health issues.

He is understood to have told negotiators that he wants to speak to French Minister of Justice Eric Dupond-Moretti.

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