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August 7, 2017

PARIS — A young French man who recently was discharged from a psychiatric hospital is under investigation for an attempted terrorist attack after he brandished a knife and tried to breach security at the Eiffel Tower, authorities said Sunday.

No one was hurt in the incident late Saturday, though the tower was briefly evacuated, according to a statement from the company that manages the monument. The tower reopened as usual Sunday morning.

It is the latest of several attempted attacks on security forces guarding prominent sites in France as part of heightened protective measures prompted by deadly attacks since 2015. Monuments in the French capital are occasionally evacuated for security reasons as part of those measures.

In Saturday’s incident, the suspect tried to force his way into the secure zone beneath the tower, held out a knife and said “Allahu akbar,” the Arabic phrase for “God is great,” an official close to the investigation said. He quickly was surrounded by security forces and surrendered, the official said. A Paris police official said no shots were fired. Both officials weren’t authorized to be publicly named.

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