French soldier shoots knife-wielding attacker at Paris Louvre

PARIS – A French soldier shot and wounded a man armed with a machete and carrying two bags on his back on Friday as he tried to enter the Paris Louvre museum in what the government said appeared to have been a terrorist attack.

The man shouted "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest) and rushed at police and soldiers before being shot near the museum's shopping mall, police said, adding a second person had also been detained after acting suspiciously.

The attacker was alive but seriously wounded, the head of Paris police Michel Cadot told reporters at the scene, adding the bags he had been carrying contained no explosives.

"The soldier fired five bullets," Cadot said, describing how the man hurried threateningly towards the soldiers at around 10am (0900 GMT).

"It was an attack by a person ... who represented a direct threat and whose actions suggested a terrorist context."

Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said during a visit to Bayeux in Normandy: "It appears to be an attempted attack of a terrorist nature."

The soldier who fired the bullets was from one of the patrolling groups that have become a common sight around the capital since a state of emergency was declared across France in November 2015. An anti-terrorism inquiry has been opened, the public prosecutor said in a statement.

Another soldier was slightly wounded in the incident.

The identity and nationality of the attacker remains unknown for now, French Interior Ministry spokesperson Pierre-Henry Brandet told reporters. Interior Minister Bruno le Roux abandoned a trip to the Dordogne region to return to Paris.

More than 230 people have died in France in the past two years at the hands of attackers allied to the militant Islamist group Islamic State.

The country is less than three months away from a presidential election in which security and fears of terrorism are among the key issues.

Paris was also planning to submit its official bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games on Friday with a launch show at the Eiffel Tower around 1730 GMT.

The city had in recent months been gradually recovering from a dip in foreign tourism caused by the attacks.

The most recent deadly attack took place in the southern city of Nice in July last year when a man drove a truck into a crowd on the seafront killing 86.

In September, in an attempted attack, a group of women parked a car containing gas canisters near Paris's Notre Dame Cathedral.

Police cordoned off and evacuated the area around the museum for a time on Friday but began to allow traffic to pass less than two hours after the incident. Louvre officials closed the museum and kept visitors inside for a time before beginning to let them leave.


This article first appeared on EWN : French soldier shoots knife-wielding attacker at Paris Louvre


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan dies suddenly at 46: RTE TV

Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan dies suddenly at 46: RTE TV

The Irish group shot to fame in the 1990s with the hit “Linger” and have sold over 40 million records, according to the group’s official website.

 Britain's Prince Harry to marry US actress Meghan Markle

Britain's Prince Harry to marry US actress Meghan Markle

A spokesman for Buckingham Palace said the queen, who had to give her assent for the union, and her husband Prince Philip were delighted.

UN urges Venezuela to allow dissent, unofficial referendum

UN urges Venezuela to allow dissent, unofficial referendum

Opposition groups have called the plebiscite, saying Venezuelans should have their say on President Maduro’s plan to rewrite the constitution.

Assailant shot, at least a dozen injured in incident at UK parliament

Assailant shot, at least a dozen injured in incident at UK parliament

A parliamentary official earlier said two people had been shot outside parliament and the building was in lockdown.

Meet M-Net Channels Head Yolisa Phahle

Meet M-Net Channels Head Yolisa Phahle

Hear from the person instrumental in driving M-Net’s strategy to showcase local content since 2015.

Popular articles
More arrests are imminent in connection with the cash-in-transit heists - Hawks

More arrests are imminent in connection with the cash-in-transit heists - Hawks

Seven suspects were arrested in Limpopo in less than 24 hours after a cash-in-transit vehicle was blown up in the province.

Consumers beware of illegal, deadly weight-loss products

Consumers beware of illegal, deadly weight-loss products

Consumer journalist Wendy Knowler and a medical testing expert put several harmful weight-loss products under the microscope.

Madiba’s private secretary Zelda la Grange opens up about money (hers and his)

Madiba’s private secretary Zelda la Grange opens up about money (hers and his)

Bruce Whitfield interviews La Grange about her and Madiba's attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.)

Criminals targeting homes with aluminium windows, warns neighborhood watch

Criminals targeting homes with aluminium windows, warns neighborhood watch

The Panorama, Welgelegen and Plattekloof Neighbourhood Watch has identified a new house break-in trend.

‘I started my thriving business with R5000 (and made a profit in the 1st month)’

‘I started my thriving business with R5000 (and made a profit in the 1st month)’

After 3 years there are 3 Nic Harry stores (incl online) that sell 100 000 pairs of socks in over 20 countries around the world.

5 contributing factors to the Western Cape's growing green economy

5 contributing factors to the Western Cape's growing green economy

GreenCape CEO Evan Rice unpacks why our province is seeing a great deal of success with sustainable energy projects.