The deaths got here with France nonetheless on excessive alert following a string of terror assaults which started in January 2015 when jihadist gunmen stormed the places of work of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, killing 12.
The federal government has since launched Operation Sentinelle, deploying about 7,000 troops throughout the nation to protect high-risk areas similar to transport hubs, vacationer websites and non secular buildings.
The knifeman is believed to have shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is Biggest) earlier than assaulting passers-by, a supply near the investigation informed AFP on situation of anonymity.
The assaults since 2015 have left 239 individuals useless, based on an AFP rely earlier than Sunday’s incident.French Inside Minister Gerard Collomb posted on Twitter that he would journey to Marseille instantly.
French anti-terror prosecutors mentioned they’d opened an investigation right into a knife assault. The prosecutor’s workplace in Paris mentioned in an announcement that the probe would give attention to “killings linked to a terrorist organisation” and the “tried killing of a public official”, two terror-related expenses.
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