BREAKING NEWS: Soldier shoots man shouting "Allahu Akbar" at Louvre in Paris

A French soldier on guard at the Louvre in Paris has opened fire on a man shouting "Allahu Akbar" this morning, reports say.

Friday, 3rd February 2017, 09:09 am
Updated Friday, 3rd February 2017, 09:11 am
The Louvre in Paris.

A French soldier on guard at the museum opened fire on a suspected attacker.

A man shouting "Allahu Akbar" is reported to have tried to attack the soldier with a knife and was seriously injured when the soldier responded.

The attacker is said to have been trying to enter the museum's underground shop.

A big security operation is under way and the interior ministry has described the situation as "serious".

The Louvre has been evacuated.

A French police spokesman said the attacker shouted "Allahu Akbar" - God is great in Arabic - but was not carrying explosives.

Reports say the attacker was carrying one, possibly two suitcases.

Another says he wore a rucksack and carried a machete.