French police apprehend a demonstrator during clashes at the traditional May Day labour union march in Paris

The man who attacked an officer on Tuesday at the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris said, “This is for Syria,” French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said.

The man, believed to be an Algerian student, attacked the officer with a hammer, but was also armed with knives, CNN quoted Collomb, as saying.

Collomb said the officer’s condition is not serious.

Another officer shot the assailant in the chest, police union spokesman Yves Lefebvre told BFMTV.

The attacker was then taken to the hospital, and the situation brought under control, the police told CNN.

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