A police employee was stabbed to death by a Tunisian man at a police station southwest of Paris on Friday, the local prosecutor’s office and a police source told AFP.
The assailant was fatally wounded when an officer opened fire on him at the station in Rambouillet, a wealthy commuter town about 60 kilometers from Paris, a police source told AFP on condition of anonymity.
The attack took place in the secure entrance area of the station around 2:20 pm (1220 GMT), the police source added.
The 48-year-old woman was stabbed in the throat twice, the source said.
Prime Minister Jean Castex and Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin both announced they were heading to the scene.
The attacker was 36 years old and unknown to the security services, sources familiar with the investigation told AFP.
In recent years, France has faced a series of attacks on Islamic radicals that have claimed the lives of hundreds of people.
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Several attacks over the past year have rekindled concerns about the spread of radical Islam within France and about immigration.
In September, a Pakistani man injured two people with a cleaver outside the former offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo which had printed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
On October 16, a young Chechen refugee beheaded teacher Samuel Paty who had shown some of the caricatures to his pupils.
And on October 29, three people were killed when a newly arrived Tunisian stabbed in a church in the Mediterranean city of Nice.
These came after the massacres carried out by Islamic extremists in 2015, which began with the massacre of staff in the Charlie Hebdo offices in January of the same year.
In France’s deadliest peacetime atrocity, 130 people were killed and 350 injured when Islamic suicide bombers and gunmen attacked the Stade de France stadium, central Paris bars and restaurants and the Bataclan concert hall in November 2015. .
And in 2016, a man rammed a truck into the Bastille Day crowd in Nice in 2016, killing 86 people.
The government of President Emmanuel Macron has introduced legislation to counter radical Islamist activity in France, a bill that has sparked anger in some Muslim countries.