ATTACK AT THE LOUVRE: Machete-wielding man shouting ‘Allahu akbar’ stopped by soldier, police say
Socialist France is letting these assholes in. A machete-wielding man shouting “Allahu akbar” three times attacked four French soldiers Friday inside a shopping mall beneath the Louvre Museum in Paris before one soldier shot him, investigators said.
French President Francois Hollande said it was “no doubt” an act of terror. One of the soldiers suffered minor injuries, and the attacker — shot five times in the stomach — was gravely wounded. A military spokesman said the soldiers tried to fight him off before opening fire.
“He is wounded in the stomach,” police chief Michel Cadot said. “He is conscious and he was moving.”
The soldier who was slightly injured was not the one who shot the attacker, according to authorities. The museum went on lockdown for hours.
The attacker had two machetes and was carrying two backpacks — but there was no sign the bags held explosives, a police union official said. He told reporters the man launched himself at the soldiers when they told him that he couldn’t bring his bags into the Carrousel du Louvre shopping mall underneath the world-famous museum where the “Mona Lisa” hangs.
The four soldiers first tried to fight off the attacker before opening fire, said Benoit Brulon, a spokesman for the military force that patrols Paris and its major tourist attractions. President Francois Hollande praised the troops’ “courage and determination.”
Anti-terrorism prosecutors took charge of the investigation. There were no immediate details about the identity of the attacker. “Allahu akbar” is the Arabic phrase for “God is great.”
The museum in the center of Paris is one of the French capital’s biggest tourist destinations, attracting more than 9 million people each year.
The military patrols — numbering about 3,500 soldiers in the Paris area — were instituted following the January 2015 murders at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket and reinforced after the November 2015 suicide bomb and gun attacks that left 130 people dead at the city’s Bataclan concert hall and other sites.