The attack on a soldier in Paris was being treated as a ‘terrorist incident’, said a source at the Paris prosecutors office.
A uniformed French soldier on anti-terrorist duties in Paris had his throat cut by a knife-wielding man tonight.
The savage attack follows the murder of a British soldier by two men using weapons including knives and a meat cleaver. One of the suspects said they were acting in the name of Islam.
Today there were fears that the Paris attack was a copy-cat crime and that a radical Muslim might once more be responsible.
French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said he believes the attack was aimed to kill the soldier.
French president Francois Hollande said authorities were investigating any possible links with the attack on Drummer Rigby, who was killed in Woolwich, London, last week..
A Scotland Yard spokesman said he was unable to say whether police were connecting the incidents.
Police in the French capital described the attacker as a being ‘bearded, of North African origin and wearing a light coloured jihab’ under a jacket.
He pounced on the 23-year-old soldier outside a Virgin store in La Defence, the business district of the city which was packed with Saturday afternoon shoppers.
France is considered a hotbed of radical Islamists, and the country’s Vigipirate anti-terrorist surveillance plan is currently in action.
Last year Mohammed Merah, a 23-year-old French-Algerian Islamist, murdered three French soldiers near the south west city of Toulouse during a killing spree which also claimed the lives of four civilians.
Merah himself was later shot dead by police but made it clear that he had also committed the murders in the name of Islam.
It later emerged that Merah had links with terrorists groups all over the world, including ones in London.
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