In the vicinity of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, a terror attack has unfolded, leaving one individual dead and several others injured. The incident occurred on Saturday night when a man, armed with a knife and a hammer, assaulted passersby near the Quai de Grenelle. The assailant, a French citizen of Iranian descent born in 1997, was apprehended following a police chase. He was known to the authorities for his Islamist radicalism.
The attacker had been previously incarcerated in 2020 after a failed plot in 2016 and had been living with his parents while receiving psychiatric and neurological treatment. French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin confirmed the events and was present at the scene of the attack.
France on High Alert
The attack took place amidst a backdrop of heightened tension in France, which is on maximum alert due to the Gaza war and the strife in its suburbs. French President Emmanuel Macron was in Doha at the time, negotiating a ceasefire in Gaza and the release of French hostages.
A German tourist was the unfortunate casualty of this suspected Islamist terrorist attack, with two other individuals, including a British citizen, being injured. The incident took place near the iconic Eiffel Tower, a site that is generally teeming with locals and tourists alike.