A French soldier guarding the Louvre museum has shot and wounded a man who was allegedly wielding a machete and trying to enter the museum’s underground shop in Paris. 

He was carrying a suitcase or rucksack but no explosives were found in it or on him. Other reports claim that two machetes were found on him. Yves Lefebvre, a police union official, said the man tried to stab the soldier, who was “slightly wounded,” and that the soldier (or other soldiers) responded with five shots. 

The museum and surrounding area have been evacuated and the French Ministry of Interior said the incident was “serious.” 

The attacker is believed to have acted alone, but the head of Paris police says that a second person has been detained for acting suspiciously.

The police believe that this was an attempted terror attack because of the attacker’s remarks. This could refer to some reports allegedly referring to the attacker shouting “Allahu Akbar” (Arabic for “God is great”). 

The police tweeted a request to the public to avoid spreading “false information.”

Since the November 2015 Paris attacks, where 130 people were killed, and the Nice terror attack in July 2016, when at least 84 people were killed after a lorry ploughed through a crowd celebrating Bastille day, there have been security measures in Paris and all over France. 10,000 troops were stationed on streets, and public tourist places, like the Louvre, have been especially guarded.