PARIS (AP) – Authorities in Paris say a man who tried to attack soldiers near the famous Louvre museum today was carrying two machetes and shouted “God is great” in Arabic.
A French Socialist lawmaker who wrote a report on the fight against terror is warning that France faces a “double menace,” coming from both outside the country and from within.
Speaking after a knife-wielding man attacked a patrol of French soldiers near the Louvre Museum, Sebastien Pietrasanta told The Associated Press that “the worse has yet to come.”
Pietrasanta said that France is likely to be targeted again, either by well-organized cells sent by the Islamic State group or by lone wolves radicalized in France and capable of launching attacks from one day to the next.
The said in a phone interview that “we are facing a persistent threat and instability will last for at least one generation.”
Pietrasanta added that military personnel and police officers are particularly targeted by extremists because they represent the French state.
He said that “this is not something new, it already happened. Fortunately their protection gear has greatly improved.”Keep checking counton2.com for real-time updates on this story. To get breaking news alerts, download the free News 2 App for iPhone or Android. You can also sign up for email alerts.