A French soldier shot and seriously wounded a man in a shopping mall beneath the Louvre Museum on Friday after he shouted “Allahu akbar” and tried to attack security forces with a machete, officials said.
The man was carrying two backpacks, and had two of the large knives. When soldiers and police officers on patrol told the man that he could not come in with his bags, he attacked, said Yves Lefebvre, a police union official.
“That’s when he got the knife out and that’s when he tried to stab the soldier,” he said. The soldier was slightly wounded on the scalp.
A soldier opened fire and the man was struck five times, once in the stomach, Paris police chief Michel Cadot said. The backpacks didn’t contain any explosives, he said.
Paris Police Chief Michel Cadot said the man, armed with a machete and shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is great" in Arabic), launched himself at soldiers and police officers.
One of the soldiers shot the attacker five times, seriously wounding him in the stomach, Cadot said.
France's Ministry of the Interior initially tweeted in French that a "serious" security incident occurred near the Louvre Museum.
The area surrounding the Louvre was evacuated and about 250 visitors to the museum were kept in secure parts of the facility. They were to be evacuated in small groups after the necessary security checks.
"I think it’s high-time somebody say enough is enough and tell us the truth; That Daniel P. Love was – not this year – because he can’t handle the overwhelming responsibility of picking up the trash on our Public Lands without threatening to kill someone, and has finally been relegated to a desk job where he can’t hurt people," Fiore said.