French soldier shoots knife attacker near Louvre in Paris

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French soldier shoots knife attacker near Louvre in Paris

A French soldier shot and seriously injured a man who tried to gain entry to the Louvre’s shopping centre in Paris.

The man was shot in the abdomen while he tried to attack a security patrol with a machete shouting “Allahu Akbar”, police say, BBC reports.

The huge former royal palace in the heart of the city is home to the Mona Lisa and other world-famous works of art but also a shopping complex and numerous exhibition spaces.

According to the report, Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the attack was “terrorist in nature”.

Police say five shots were fired at the man, who was taken to hospital.

The Louvre is home to the Mona Lisa and other world-famous works of art, and is a shopping complex as well.

It is the most visited museum in the world.

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