Man attacks police officer with hammer in Paris

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris France

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris France

The 40-year-old man, who was shot and wounded by police after lunging at the officer, had shouted that he was "a soldier of the caliphate" during the attack on Tuesday and that he was acting in revenge "for Syria".

The officer fired at the attacker, police said.

"Nothing, absolutely nothing, foretold that one day he'd be a jihadi who'd want to kill a policeman in the name of I don't know what cause".

Over 1,000 people were inside the cathedral at the time of the attack.

French policemen point their weapons near the site of an attack at the entrance of Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris on June 6, 2017. "We are with our 2 terrified children".

Officers shot a man outside the Notre Dame Cathedral, a popular tourist attraction in Paris, after he attempted to attack officers with a hammer Tuesday afternoon, police said.

Paris police tweeted that one officer was wounded in the attack. The anti-terror department of the French prosecutor's office has already launched an investigation into the incident.

Officers later discovered the man was carrying a hammer and kitchen knives, as well as a student identity card indicating he was from Algeria.

Collomb said the attacker acted on his own.

Interior minister Gerard Collomb says a special security meeting convened by French president Emmanuel Macron will examine new counterterrorism measures Wednesday at the Elysee palace.

His rivals portrayed him as weak on security during the presidential campaign.

Around 900 tourists were kept locked inside the cathedral as a precaution, according to authorities.

One holidaymaker inside Notre Dame posted on Twitter: "Not the holiday experience wanted".

Both France and Britain have suffered a spate of militant attacks in recent months.

Previous major attacks targeted the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine in January 2015 and in November that year, gunmen and suicide bombers attacked venues around Paris including the Bataclan concert hall, killing 130 people.

20 April 2017 - A convicted criminal who was investigated for threatening to kill police opens fire at police on the Champs Elysees in Paris, killing one and wounding two.

Nephew Sofiane Ikken, a lawyer, said his uncle expressed complete disdain for the Islamic State group as recently as last summer.

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