Reports are saying that a group of armed men stormed a building and took hostages in the northern French town of Roubaix.
Local reports say the incident took place at around 19:00 local French time.
Witnesses reported gunshots being fired. Media reports say the area has been closed off by police. h/t bbc
The incident does not appear to be related to the ongoing security situation in France following the 13 November attacks in Paris.