Man 'armed with machete' arrested in Paris hotel room

A Paris street was put on lockdown this morning after reports a man armed with a machete barricaded himself inside a hotel room.

Officers were called to the 11th arrondissement after witnesses reportedly saw a man brandishing a weapon inside Pére-Lachaise metro station at around 10.45am local time.

He was later arrested inside his hotel room, according to local reports.

News site Actu Paris said the Rue du Chemin-Vert was closed with workers told to stay inside as police hunted the suspect. At one point officers were spotted perched on the roof of a building meters away from the station.

The street was reopened at around mid-day and there are no reports of injuries.

French police have not commented on the incident yet and the man’s motives are unclear.

Local councillor Jean-Christophe Martin told people to avoid the area.

President Emmanuel Macron has declared the country ‘under attack’ and deployed thousands of soldiers to protect sites such as places of worship and schools.

Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin told the public to expect more attacks and said France was being targeted for its values and strident defence of free speech.

‘We are in a war against an enemy that is both inside and outside,’ he told RTL radio.

‘We need to understand that there have been and there will be other events such as these terrible attacks.’

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