Paris police shoot hammer attacker at Notre Dame

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". One policeman was hurt, according to one source.

One holidaymaker tweeted: "Not the holiday experience wanted".

Police officers seal off the access to Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, France, Tuesday, June 6, 2017. We are with our 2 terrified children'.

Earlier having been reported shot dead by police, the suspect is, in fact, alive and in hospital after sustaining a gunshot wound to the chest from police.

French police stand at the scene of a shooting incident near the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

French interior minister Gerard Collomb told reporters that the attacker, believed to be an Algerian student, was also armed with kitchen knives. No group immediately claimed responsibility, and Collomb said he appeared to have acted alone.

Prosecutors confirmed the area would remain on lockdown until police were confident there was no further threat.

Then in July past year, a radicalized Tunisian man drove a lorry at high speed through a Bastille Day fireworks display on the Nice waterfront, massacring 86 people.

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

Hundreds of tourists were inside the cathedral when the attacker struck.

The visitors got nervous when they were told soon after that the doors were closing and everyone had to stay inside, Soderberg told The Associated Press from inside Notre Dame. At least 600 people were inside at the time.

Both France and Britain have suffered a spate of militant attacks in recent months. The terror threat level remains the same as it's been since a string of attacks in 2015, the highest level possible. That followed a suicide bombing in the northern English city of Manchester that killed 22 people.

26 Jul 2016 - Two attackers slits the throat of a priest at his church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, in Normandy.

In September, Notre Dame was already the scene of a scare after a vehicle full of gas canisters was found parked nearby.

  • Leroy Wright