One individual died and two others have been injured after a person attacked vacationers in central Paris close to the Eiffel Tower, Inside Minister Gerald Darmanin mentioned on Saturday.
Police rapidly arrested the 26-year-old man, a French nationwide, utilizing a Taser stun gun, Darmanin instructed reporters.
The suspect had been sentenced to 4 years in jail in 2016 for planning one other assault and was on the French safety providers’ watch checklist, and was additionally identified for having psychiatric problems, the inside minister added.
The assault befell round 1900 GMT when the person attacked a vacationer couple with a knife on the Quai de Grenelle, a couple of toes away from the Eiffel Tower, mortally wounding a German nationwide. He was then chased by police and attacked two different folks with a hammer earlier than being arrested.
The suspect had shouted out “Allahu Akbar” (God is biggest) and instructed police he was upset as a result of “so many Muslims are dying in Afghanistan and in Palestine” and was additionally upset concerning the Gaza scenario, Darmanin mentioned.
The anti-terrorism prosecutor’s workplace mentioned it was answerable for the investigation.
Saturday evening’s incident in central Paris occurred lower than eight months earlier than the French capital hosts the Olympic Video games and will elevate questions on safety on the world sporting occasion.
Paris plans an unprecedented opening ceremony on the Seine river which will draw as many as 600,000 spectators.