SHOOTING AT THE LOUVRE: French soldier reportedly opens fire during security scare

The knifeman was shot five times and is alive despite his serious injuries.

He said the man attacked the soldiers when they told him that he could not bring his bags into the Carrousel du Louvre shopping mall underneath the world-famous museum that is also home to the "Mona Lisa". French police are yet to release details of his identity.

According to broadcaster France Info, the suspected attacker carrying a rucksack attempted a knife attack on the soldier.

French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said that the incident clearly represented "an attack of a terrorist nature", Liberation reports. The words "Allahu akbar" translates to "God is great".

Two potential attacks were thwarted in September including one by a group of women who parked a auto containing gas canisters near Paris's Notre Dame Cathedral.

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The world has united in an act of solidarity for the victims of the Paris terror attacks.

The museum is located in the middle of Paris and serves as one of its most popular tourist attractions.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement on Saturday, through which it expressed Egypt's condemnation of the attack that took place on Friday inside the French capital of Paris.

Witnesses reported seeing a crowd of people running away from the scene and screaming.

"We will start taking them out in small groups". If you tell me he had a gun, a rifle, then yes, I'd believe you, but I don't know.

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About 3,500 soldiers have been posted around important sites in Paris to counter a wave of terrorist attacks that have recently hit France. In January 2015, the publication Charlie Hebdo was attacked, resulting in the deaths of a dozen people.

France has been under a state of emergency since the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 130 people.

President Donald Trump has not tweeted about or publicly mentioned that incident.

Police also conducted raids at several unnamed addresses across the city following the Louvre attack.

He said the situation around the landmark museum is "totally under control" but the overall threat to France remains.

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