>> The suspect at an attack at Paris' Louvre Museum has been identified as an Egyptian national who had only been in the country a matter of days. The city's prosecutor says the 29 year old obtained a tourist visa in Dubai And landed in France on the 26th of January.
Security forces in Cairo identified him as Abdullah Reda al-Hamamy. Police have already raided the man's rented Paris apartment. His father speaking to reporters on Saturday.>>
> He called me. He usually calls us from a foreign line, which we answer. He told us that he was in France for work, and that he would go home after.
>> Police have already raided the man's rented Paris apartment.>> The investigations which have just been initiated are ongoing and will continue in France. But also outside France in the name of cooperation on the international crime to determine the journey and also the motivations of the perpetrator and to find out whether he acted alone, spontaneously, or if he was following instructions.
French President François Hollande has described the incident as a terrorist attack. The assailant, wielding a machete in each hand, allegedly rushed at soldiers guarding the world famous museum yelling Allahu Akbar, God is greatest in Arabic. After striking one soldier on the head, he was shot by another. Hamamy remains in a serious condition.
Authorities say cans of spray paint were found in his backpack, but no explosives. France was already under a state of emergency after a spate of deadly attacks that have killed 230 people in the past two years. The thwarted attack clouded Paris' official bid later on Friday to host the 2024 Olympic Games.
Questions about France's ability to host a safe and secure Olympics raised. With the country less than three months from a presidential election, security and fears of terrorism will be among the key issues.