A man, reported to be of Algerian origin, tried to grab the officer’s gun and it is understood that when he failed, he pulled out a knife, repeatedly stabbing her in the throat. The woman is in a serious condition and the area around the police station is in lockdown.
French media are reporting that a 31-year-old man of Algerian origin has been arrested. It is claimed the man entered the station under the pretence of making a complaint, but the motive behind the attack is unclear.
France has been on high alert after Islamic State terror attacks since January 2015.