PARIS — French police warned members of the public to stay away from Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris on Tuesday afternoon after officers reportedly shot a man who tried to attack a policeman.
“The situation is under control, one police officer injured, the attacker has been neutralized and sent to a hospital,” Paris police said on Twitter.
Visitors to the cathedral were held inside while the incident was being resolved.
“We’re trapped in Notre-Dame de Paris, something is happening outside. Police sirens can be heard. They are not letting anyone in or out,” Canadian actor Matthew Currie Holmes wrote on Twitter. He said police asked everyone in the church to raise their hands, presumably to show they were not armed.
“Needless to say my family and I are a little on edge. We were in London when the London bridge attacks happened,” he added. “Everyone is safe! #NotreDamedeParis,” he later posted.
France has been in a state of emergency since the terror attacks of Nov. 13, 2015, in which gunmen killed 130 people in a series of coordinated attacks in Paris.
Recently, lone attackers have targeted the French capital’s major tourist attractions. A policeman was killed on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées in April, while in February, a man wielding knives lunged at soldiers patrolling the Louvre museum before being shot and injured.
European security forces are on edge following recent attacks in Manchester and London, in which a total of 29 people were killed.