Paris: British man injured in suspected terror attack that left German tourist dead

The attack happened near the Eiffel Tower just before 9pm local time on Saturday

Alexander Butler
Sunday 03 December 2023 15:47 GMT
French interior minister describes Paris attacker who was 'known to police'

A British man was among two people injured in a suspected terror attack on a central street in Paris that left one tourist dead.

The attack, involving a knife and a hammer, happened near the Eiffel Tower just before 9pm local time on Saturday, according to French police.

A 26-year-old French citizen was arrested after shouting “Allahu Akbar” as he stabbed and killed a German citizen and injured two others, France’s interior minister Gerald Darmanin said.

The man who died, who is said to have been born in 1997, was with his wife when he was attacked and fatally stabbed on Quai de Grenelle. His wife’s life was saved by the intervention of a taxi driver, Mr Darmanin added.

The suspect then fled across a nearby bridge and attacked two more people, hitting one in the eye with a hammer. He was then tasered by police and arrested on suspicion of “assassination”, which is defined in French law as premeditated murder.

A forensic team investigate the scene following a knife attack in Paris, France

On Sunday, the Foreign Office confirmed that one of the two people injured in the attack was a British man. A 60-year-old French citizen was also injured, police said.

A spokesperson told The Independent: “We are supporting a British man who was injured in Paris and are in contact with the local authorities.”

Mr Darmanin said the alleged attacker was heard shouting “Allahu Akbar”, Arabic for “God is greatest”, and that the man had told police he was upset because “so many Muslims are dying in Afghanistan and in Palestine”.

He added that the suspect had served four years in jail after being convicted for planning another attack in 2016, and was on the French security services’ watchlist.

French president Emmanuel Macron said his thoughts were with the family of the German citizen, and thanked emergency services.

“I send all my condolences to the family and loved ones of the German national who died this evening during the terrorist attack in Paris, and think with emotion of the people currently injured and in care,” Mr Macron wrote on X, formerly Twitter.

“My most sincere thanks to the emergency forces who made it possible to quickly arrest a suspect. The national anti-terrorism prosecutor’s office ... will now be responsible for shedding light on this matter so that justice can be done in the name of the French people.”

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