DHAKA: 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.
Units of the elite police Raid unit are at the scene, reports BBC.
French schools are on summer holidays, but are running summer activities.
The school is in the centre of the town, itself some 7.5 km from the centre of Paris.
Police were called at about 07:00 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 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.
BDST: 1449 HRS, JUL 10, 2012
Edited by Robab Rosan, Cultural Affairs Editor