The new incident is evolving shortly after hostages were freed in Paris and Charlie Hebdo suspects killed in Northern France.
There is no precise information yet about the siege. However, the media report it could be an attempted robbery which turned into hostage taking. According to the media, two people are being held in a shop in the center of the city. The armed man reportedly held the two shopkeepers for about an hour, threatening them with a gun. However, no one was killed nor wounded. The police have surrounded the area, according to RT.
According to Montpellier prosecutor Christophe Barret, the situation is "very calm"and there is no reason to connect the siege in Montpellier with the events in Paris and in Northern France.