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French police have shot a man who attacked an officer with a hammer outside the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris.

The man has been identified as being an Algerian student according to the identification he was carrying, and was wounded but not killed in the shooting.

The French Interior Minister said the attacker shouted 'this is for Syria,' before being taken down by police, according to RTÉ.

The man attempted to attack police with a hammer outside the iconic Notre Dame cathedral, and was later found to also be armed with kitchen knives.

Hundreds of people took refuge in the cathedral and nearby cafes, with many of them updating the public via Twitter as to what was going on. 

A counter-terrorism investigation has been launched in the aftermath of the attack. 

The attack came just three days after the tragic London Bridge attack which claimed the lives of seven people. 



French police have reportedly shot a man outside the Notre Dame in Paris after he tried to attack them with a hammer.

Paris police say they are attending an incident at Notre Dame and are warning the public to stay away, according to Reuters.

Eyewitness accounts claim that gunshots were heard in the area before the crowd scattered. 

Reports claim that tourists and religious worshippers are trapped within the Cathedral. 

Those inside are believed to be safe.

More to follow.