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Man ‘wielding machete’ barricades himself inside building as police descend

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Police rushed to a building in Paris after a man armed with a machete barricaded himself inside, foreign media reports.

Officers were called to the 11th arrondissement this morning and have set up a cordon on rue du Chemin-Vert in the centre of the city.

Several eyewitnesses reported a “man armed with a machete” in the central Pere-Lachaise station around 11.30am, actuParis reports.

The man has since been arrested in his hotel room.

No injuries have been reported.

Last week, a knife-wielding Tunisian man shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest) beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a church in the French city of Nice.

The 21-year-old suspect was shot by police and is now in a critical condition.

He had recently arrived in Europe on a boat on the Italian island of Lampedusa.

Chief anti-terrorist prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard told a news conference in Nice that the man had entered the city by train early on Thursday morning, October 29, and made his way to the church.

He then stabbed and killed the 55-year-old sexton and beheaded a 60-year-old woman.

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President Emmanuel Macron said France would deploy thousands more soldiers to protect important sites such as places of worship and schools, as the country’s security alert was raised to its highest level.

Speaking outside the church, Macron said France had been attacked “over our values, for our taste for freedom, for the ability on our soil to have freedom of belief … And I say it with great clarity again today: We will not give any ground.”

He said it was an "Islamist terrorist attack".

The attack came just under two weeks after a middle-school teacher in a Paris suburb was beheaded by an 18-year-old attacker who was apparently incensed by the teacher showing a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad in class.

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