February 3, 2017 / 3:42 PM / 7 months ago

France's Hollande praises soldiers who shot attacker at Louvre

French police secure the site near the Louvre Pyramid in Paris, France, February 3, 2017 after a French soldier shot and wounded a man armed with a machete and carrying two bags on his back as he tried to enter the Paris Louvre museum.Christian Hartmann

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande praised the soldiers who shot and wounded an attacker at the Louvre museum in Paris on Friday, preventing what he said looked like a terrorist act.

"This operation undoubtedly prevented an attack whose terrorist nature leaves little doubt," Hollande said at a meeting of EU leaders in Malta.

Reporting by Richard Balmforth; writing by Michel Rose

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