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Knife-wielding man at Eiffel Tower arrested

Knife-wielding man at Eiffel Tower arrested

French officials are considering whether to prosecute a man with mental health problems who brandished a knife at the Eiffel Tower.

In June, a 40-year-old Algeria doctorate student who had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group attacked a policeman with a hammer outside Notre Dame cathedral.Police had initially treated Saturday's Eiffel Tower incident as a criminal case, but anti-terror prosecutors have since taken over the investigation.

According to the company that runs the Eiffel Tower, a man tried to force his way through one of the security checks at the entrance at about 11.30pm (local time) on Saturday.

Security source said the man wanted to harm soldiers.

The Eiffel Tower reopened to tourists as usual on Sunday morning.

An anonymous French security source told the agency that the assailant claimed he was encouraged to try and attack a soldier by an Isis member he had recently been in contact with.

He is said to be a Frenchman born in the West African state of Mauritania.

The incident happened about half an hour before the Tower normally stops admitting visitors.

A screen near the bottom of the tower displayed a message welcoming Brazilian star Neymar to the club.

He was wearing a Paris Saint-Germain football shirt.

The suspect quickly surrendered after he was surrounded by security forces.

France has remained in a state of emergency since the execution of several attacks in Paris on November 13, 2015 in the capital of the country, which left more than 130 dead.