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Tourist Fatally Stabbed at the Eiffel Tower
Suspected Islamic Terror Attack
French anti-terrorist prosecutors announced on Sunday, December 3, that the man who fatally stabbed a tourist near the Eiffel Tower in Paris had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group in a video posted to social media.
The attacker, a French national born in 1997 to Iranian parents, had been known to authorities as a radicalized Islamist with connections to perpetrators of other recent attacks in France, according to senior prosecutor Jean-François Ricard. He had also been under close psychological surveillance for mental health issues.
Ricard revealed that the assailant's mother had raised concerns about her son's behavior as recently as October, but at the time, there was insufficient evidence to take legal action.
The incident occurred at approximately 9:30 p.m. Paris time on Saturday when the attacker, shouting "Allahu Akbar" ("God is greatest"), fatally struck a 23-year-old man, identified as a German-Filipino citizen, with two blows from a hammer and four from a knife. A taxi driver intervened, causing the assailant to flee across the Bir Hakeim bridge over the River Seine.
On the other side of the bridge, the attacker encountered a police patrol and claimed to be wearing an explosive belt before fleeing again. He then assaulted two passers-by — a 66-year-old British citizen and a 60-year-old French individual — with the hammer. The suspect was apprehended after being shot twice with a Taser and taken into custody.
Following the incident, Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne and other ministers convened for a security meeting on Sunday. Borne took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to declare that "we will not give in to terrorism."
Authorities are currently investigating the attacker's connections with other known assailants. Ricard revealed that the assailant had social media ties to individuals involved in previous attacks in France.
The incident near the Eiffel Tower serves as a reminder of the ongoing threat of terrorism in France. The attacker's radicalization, combined with his history of mental health issues, raises questions about the effectiveness of surveillance and intervention measures in preventing such attacks.
As investigations continue, French authorities are determined to ensure the safety of citizens and visitors alike, vowing to stand strong against terrorism.