Terror probe opened into Eiffel Tower incident

Trevor Jackson
Августа 7, 2017

Police have now opened a counter-terrorism probe after the suspect reportedly told police he had planned to kill a soldier and was in contact with the Islamic State group who had encouraged the attack.

Sources told RFI that the unidentified man shouted "Allahu Akbar" - "God is great" in Arabic - during the incident.

A young French man who recently was discharged from a psychiatric hospital is under investigation for glorifying terrorism after he brandished a knife and tried to breach security at the Eiffel Tower, authorities said Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017.

After pushing his way past a security guard at the entrance to the Eiffel Tower, the man approached soldiers patrolling at the site and, holding a blade, the source said.

A man has been arrested after attempting to storm the Eiffel Tower with a knife.

Although a French national, the man was born in Mauritania, an African Arab nation, in 1998.

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The tower, which lets visitors enter until midnight, was evacuated an hour later in what a police source said was a standard precaution.

The suspect's statements to investigators and his radical views led the anti-terrorist section of the prosecution to take over the investigation, a judicial source in Paris said on Sunday (Monday NZ Time).

France has been on high alert since a series of terrorist attacks in 2015 and 2016 in which more than 230 people died.

He was wearing a Paris Saint-Germain football shirt.

A screen near the bottom of the tower displayed a message welcoming Brazilian star Neymar to the club.

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