A terror probe has been launched in Paris after a machete-wielding man was shot after trying to attack four soldiers outside the Louvre. The suspect was shot five times in the stomach and is in a critical condition. He was shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ – Arabic for ‘God is the greatest’ – according to the Paris chief of police, and reportedly had paint bombs in his backpack. After being refused entry, he pulled out the weapon and was shot by a soldier, officials have confirmed. A paratrooper is believed to have suffered a head injury.

US President Donald Trump tweeted following the attack in the French capital: ‘A new radical Islamic terrorist has just attacked in Louvre Museum in Paris. Tourists were locked down. France on edge again. GET SMART U.S.’ A second man was arrested after ‘acting suspiciously’ close to the scene, but it is not known if he is linked to the attack. French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has described the attack as ‘terrorist in nature’. READ MORE