Authorities admit the stabbing of French soldier in Paris could be terror attack
What's more, the stabbing could be a copycat act of terror based on the beheading of the British soldier in Woolwich:
The stabbing of a French soldier in Paris bore the hallmarks of Islamist terrorism and may have been inspired by the Woolwich attack, French officials have said.
Police are on the hunt for a bearded man aged about 35, possibly of North African origin, who fled into a crowded train station after attacking the soldier from behind.
"There are indeed elements that lead us to believe it could be an act of terrorism," Interior Minister Manuel Valls told France 5 television. He declined further comment citing the investigation.
The 23-year-old soldier survived the attack, carried out only days after Drummer Lee Rigby was hacked to death by two suspected Islamic extremists.
A spokesman for police union UNSA, Christophe Crepin, said there were similarities with the Woolwich attack.
"I think this person wanted to imitate what happened in London," he said.
His comment echoed remarks by the defence minister that the French soldier had been targeted because of his uniform.
President Francois Hollande and Mr Valls have both warned against jumping to conclusions about the attack.
However, Mr Valls did say that France faced a growing threat from an "enemy within", made up of Islamist radicals.
He said many of these radicals wanted to punish the country for sending troops to Mali to help drive back an offensive by Islamist rebels.
The soldier was with two colleagues patrolling the business area of La Defense as part of France's Vigipirate anti-terrorist surveillance strategy when he was approached from behind and attacked with a sharp metal object.
President Hollande is correct in saying we shouldn't be jumping to conclusions. But considering the fact that the description of the man pointed immediately to Islamic radicalism, perhaps it's not a question of "jumping" anywhere but rather aknowledging reality.
This is admittedly a hard thing to do for the politically correct-obsessed French. One wonders how many soldiers and innocent civilians will have to be attacked before the French and other Europeans admit they have a problem that goes beyond culture and ethnic sensitivity.