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Man shot and wounded after attacking police officer at Notre Dame

The injured officer is recovering in the hospital, police said.”His colleagues reacted with composure.and fired”, Collomb told reporters near the cathedral in central Paris, following the incident on Tuesday.Authorities in Paris asked the public to stay away from the area.Karine Dalle, a spokeswoman for the Paris archdiocese, said in a text message that the roughly 900 people inside the cathedral were notified about the violence and were “sitting calmly” until they were permitted to leave.Newly-elected President Emmanuel Macron, portrayed by rivals as weak on security during the presidential campaign, last month instructed the task force be created to bring together France’s multiple security agencies inside the Elysee presidential palace. “I heard two shots and saw a man lying on the ground in a pool of blood”, he said. Michel said the attacker was “neutralized” by police.Both France and Britain have suffered a spate of militant attacks in recent months.The terror threat level remains the same as it’s been since a string of attacks in 2015, the highest level possible.Officers later discovered the man was carrying a hammer and kitchen knives, as well as a student identity card indicating he was from Algeria.The attacker who wounded a policeman with a hammer outside Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was put into custody on Wednesday, local media reported.Paris police say a security operation is underway near Notre Dame Cathedral and are urging passers-by to stay away from the area.Attacker with hammer shot near Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris police sayThe video shows an officer continuing to point his gun at the suspect after he was down.The cathedral, a Gothic landmark on the Île de la Cité on the Seine, was sealed off, and visitors and worshippers were told not to leave.France is still under the state of emergency imposed after the November 2015 attacks in Paris, when Islamic State jihadists killed 130 people in a night of carnage at venues across the city.The motive for the attack was not immediately clear.In September, three women were arrested after police found a auto laden with gas cylinders abandoned near Notre Dame. That followed a suicide bombing in Manchester that killed 22 people.