Knifeman tries to stab police officers in front of station as cops open fire
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A suspect who tried to stab multiple police officer in France this morning has been shot.
A police officer was wounded with a knife at around 6:35am as he was sat in a police car in front of the Cannes police station.
The policeman was saved by his bulletproof vest as another policeman acted quickly to shoot and injure the suspect.
The attack in Cannes comes as the public worry over violent crime and terrorism which are among voters' main concerns in the run-up to the 2022 French Presidential election.
Speaking on Twitter, French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said: "I am going there immediately this morning and I give all my support to the national police and to the city of Cannes.
I am going to the scene immediately this morning and I offer my support to the national police and to the city of Cannes."
Darmanin also said that the police officer's attacker had been "neutralised".
He later tweeted: "The police officer was fortunately not physically injured, thanks to his bulletproof vest."
BFM TV, citing a police source, said the attacker opened the door of a police car stationed in front of the police station before stabbing the policeman at the wheel using a knife.
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He then attempted to attack a second policeman in the car but a third policeman intervened and fired his weapon.
The suspect has reportedly been seriously injured.
Presidential candidate hopeful Eric Ciotti also tweeted after visiting the police station where the attack took place and praised officers.
He said: "I have just arrived at the Cannes police station, where our police officers were victims of a terrorist attack.
"Support and congratulations to the 4 officials for their coolness and courage in the face of the attack."
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