'Hostage Siege' At Paris School

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An armed man is holding a parent hostage at a French school on the outskirts of Paris after releasing a group of children he had been holding, reports say.

French police at the scene of the hostage siege at a school in the Paris suburb of Vitry-sur-Seine. The hostage taking started at around 0500 GMT and no contact has yet been made with the unidentified hostage taker, local police official Patrick Dallennes told AFP. No children were involved and elite police have been dispatched to the scene.

An armed man is holding a parent hostage at a French school on the outskirts of Paris after releasing a group of children he had been holding, reports say.

The parent had come to drop their child off at the school in Vitry-sur-Seine, which is being used as a leisure centre during the holidays, police said.

Elite police Raid unit officers and a negotiator are at the scene.

Many schools run summer activities during the holidays.

The school is in the centre of the town, itself some 7.5 km (5 miles) from the centre of Paris.

Police were called at about 07:00 (05:00 GMT) to the school, where 5-10 children and three parents were at the time, French radio reports.

The children were quickly released, said a reporter for France Info radio who is at the scene.

The hostage-taker is said to be in his 30s and unknown to the police. He was wearing a binman's green boiler suit when he entered the school, police sources told French radio.

Although his demands are unclear, he is said to be very determined, police say.