Knife attack on French police officer

A man has been shot by police in the French city of Cannes after carrying out a knife attack on a police officer.

The Alliance Police Union's Vincent Nicolas explains how the incident unfolded on Monday morning:

"At 6:30 a.m. this morning a man showed up at a police car. He came to the door and opened the back door. He tried to stab a policeman who was saved by his bullet-proof jacket. His three other colleagues came out of the car. The assailant launched himself on a second police officer. He was aimed at and was shot by the two colleagues who injured him on his side and back."

The assailant has been described by France's Interior Minster Gerald Darmanin as an Algerian national who has been travelling to, and working in France legally though an Italian residency permit:

"But he has been coming to France on a regular basis, this man was working, he's between 35 and 40 years old and who was legally in France. As far as I know, he has no criminal record and is unknown to Police services and his name did not appear in records for radicalization."

Police are now investigating a motive. For now, the case has been placed in the hands of the local prosector and not France's anti-terrorism unit.

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