Published on : Monday, August 7, 2017
A man wielding a knife and shouting the Arabic phrase “Allahu Akbar” (God is great) tried to forcibly bypass security at the Eiffel Tower and has probed for a terrorism investigation by the French prosecutors.
The incident at the world-famous tourist landmark took place at about 11:30 p.m. local time on Saturday shortly before closing time. No one was injured, however, according to Reuters, the suspect told police he wanted to attack a soldier and that he’d been communicating with the Islamic State, who encouraged him to go ahead with the attack. The police evacuated the entire region following the incident.
The investigative sources said that the suspect is a French national born in Mauritania in 1998, had been in a psychiatric hospital for several months and was granted permission to leave care from 4 August to 6 August.
Since the November 2015 militant attack which took the lives of 130people, France has been under state of emergency legislation. 2016 saw a drop in the tourist numbers however, it was recovered in 2017.