Counterterror probe in Paris attempted attack

Paris terror

EXPRESSA French soldier has been stabbed in Paris

Police said that a knife-wielding assailant tried to attack a soldier but was quickly arrested and no one was hurt.

The Paris prosecutor's office said counter-terrorism investigators are probing Friday morning's incident at the Chatelet station in the centre of the capital, based on preliminary examination of the attacker's background.

Reports state that the man was not previously known to the police, and has been arrested.

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The Sentinelle is a French military operation created to deploy additional police and gendarmerie forces in the country after the January 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris. Just last month on August 9th, Hamou Bachir attacked six soldiers on the streets of Paris by ramming them with his auto before being apprehended and arrested.

The French army's anti-terrorism Operation Sentinel was established following the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris.

"This new attack legitimizes what we want to do", French Defense Minister Florence Parly told Europe 1. The man was swiftly brought under control by the soldier.

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Two women were injured on Friday by an attacker wielding a hammer and shouting Allahu Akbar in the eastern French town of Chalon-sur-Saone in Burgundy, local officials said. Police confirmed they are treating the attack as a terror incident.

Yesterday (14 September) the French government said it would make changes to the military force created to protect sensitive sites after the deadly extremist attacks on France in 2015.

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