The police said there was no indication that the incident was terrorism-related, but declined to elaborate on the hostage-taker's motive.
Police officers of the BRI intervention squad prepare a shield on June 12, 2018 near the site of an ongoing hostage taking in central Paris.
Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency reported that a spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry, Bahram Ghasemi, said the Iranian Embassy in Paris stood ready to help "considering the importance of people's lives and human aspects of the issue". He reportedly struck one man, who managed to escape, but was doused with gasoline.
Macedonia's new name is ridiculous
European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted his support for the agreement: "Thanks to you the impossible is becoming possible". Bulgaria, holder of the EU's rotating six-month presidency said the deal paved the way for accession talks.
Neymar shines for Brazil
Neymar responded in the best way possible, scoring a brilliant second goal after Gabriel Jesus had earlier opened the scoring. The Samba stars are gearing up for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation , where they will aim to win their sixth title.
Scots hope England ODI win boosts Test bid
Home skipper Kyle Coetzer posted 31 while Michael Leask top-scored with 38 not out as Scotland fell short, closing on 156-6. The circus is about to begin again, but both teams would rather their cricket did the talking over the next two weeks.