France opens counter-terrorism probe into knife-wielding man at Eiffel Tower: source

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Posted: Aug 06, 2017 9:01 AM

PARIS (Reuters) - French prosecutors have opened a counter-terrorism investigation after an incident late on Saturday at Paris' Eiffel Tower in which a man with a blade tried to force entry to the tourist site, a judicial source said.

The incident occurred around 2130 GMT on Saturday. It was initially treated as a criminal matter, but was later designated a counter-terrorism case because of the suspect's statements to police and his apparent radicalisation, the source said.

(This version of the story has been refiled to fix typo in headline)

(Reporting by Gus Trompiz; Editing by Catherine Evans)