Guarding the most visited museum in the world, The Louvre in Paris, a French solider has shot a man who tried to attack the security staff with a knife.
Bernard Cazeneuve, the French Prime Minister has said the attack appears to be an ‘attack of terrorist nature’.
The attempted attack took place at 10am in the Carouesel du Louvre, which is the commercial underground area by the main entrance to The Louvre.
A man carrying a rucksack wounded one soldier with a machete, shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ according to Paris police preferct Michel Cadot.
One soldier was wounded by the man, whilst another soldier subsequently opened fire on the man, receiving five shots in the abdomen, seriously injuring him, but not killing him.
Two rucksacks have since been discovered and inspected, however, no explosives or any other weapons were found. However, since, a second person has been arrested who is believed to have a connection to the knife-wielding man.
Cadot has told reporters: “We are dealing with an attack from an individual who was clearly aggressive and represented a direct threat, and whose comments lead us to believe that he wished to carry out a terrorist incident. There was also a second individual who was behaving suspiciously, who has also been detained, but for now there does not appear to be a link between that individual and the attack.”
Two-hundred-and-fifty visitors were in the meseum at the time, and were gradually evacuated after security checks.
This attack and shooting has come at a time when France is on its highest state of alert following the string of attacks in the past few years, including the 130 people killed by the gunmen and suicide bombers in November 2015 as well as the Charlie Hebdo shootings.
The museum itself has been suffering from a fall in visitor numbers due to the recent events in Paris with last year’s numbers falling by 15%.