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>> Thwarting an apparent attacker at one of the world's most iconic art museums. A soldier at the Paris Louvre shooting and wounding a man armed with a machete on Friday after he shouted Allahu Akbar and rushed at security at the entrance police said. He'd likely injured one soldier.
Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve saying the attempt appeared to have a terrorist nature. A second person was also detained for acting suspiciously, but it's not clear he was linked. The would be attacker is alive but seriously injured police say. He was carrying two backpacks that turned out not to contain explosives.
Visitors inside the museum, home to Leonardo Di Vinci's Mona Lisa learned of the attack across the turn away. Guards kept people inside together, and away from the windows for an hour after it happened. Children cried but no one panicked. Witnesses said, the public prosecutor has opened an anti-terrorism inquiry.
France was already under a state of emergency, because of a spative deadly attacks that have killed 230 people. The soldier who fired on Friday belongs to one of the armed patrols that have become a familiar sight. With a general election in less then three months, security and terrorism fears are among voters' main concerns.
Visitors to the Louvre had been gradually recovering from a dip in foreign tourism caused by those attacks.