May 26, 2013
A French soldier patrolling the business district of La Defense in western Paris was stabbed on Saturday evening, but his life was not in danger, local media reported.
According to the daily Le Parisien, the soldier from the 4th Regiment of Gap Chasseurs was with two other servicemen as part of Vigipirate anti-terrorist plan when a man stabbed him in the neck with a box-cutter at around 18:00 local time.
The report added the attacker, who was still on the run, was a bearded man of North African origin about 30 years old, and was wearing a jellaba, an Arab-style dress.
In the Ethiopian city of Addis Ababa, French President Francois Hollande said exploring all options to answer questions on the daytime assault.
“We still don’t know the exact circumstances of the attack or the identity of the attacker, but we are exploring all options,” he said.
The attack came days after a British soldier was killed on a London street by two men who said they were revenging for violence against Muslims.
“At this stage no link was established with the murder of the British soldier. But, we must study all the assumptions,” Hollande noted, urging high vigilance to face any eventual attack.
Paris increased the terror alert to red level after its military operation in Mali ignited menaces against French interests from Al- Qaeda North African win (AQIM).
A major terrorist bomb explosion hit the Paris subway in 1995, killing eight people and injuring 200 others.