The assailant who attacked French soldiers at the Louvre museum on Friday morning wore a black T-shirt emblazoned with a skull and wielded two 40cm machetes, one in each hand, raised behind his head, the Paris prosecutor Francois Molins has told a press conference.
President Francois Hollande and prime minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the attack on a four-strong foot patrol of paratroopers from the anti-terrorist “Sentinelle” unit had a “terrorist character”.
Witnesses said the attacker shouted “Allahu Akbar!” as he ran towards the soldiers.
The attacker, who has been named as Abdullah Reda al-Hamamy, a 29-year-old Egyptian born in Dakahlia, a province northeast of Cairo, took stairs leading to an underground shopping gallery from the Tuileries side of the Louvre and attacked the patrol before he arrived at the metal detector and bag search.
He hit the first soldier in the head with a machete.
A €955 bill for the machetes was found in …