This file photo taken on July 20, 2016 shows an armed French soldier of the 35th RAP (35e regiment d'artillerie parachutiste), part of Operation Sentinelle, patrolling under at the Eiffel tower in Paris. AFP / ALAIN JOCARD
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A man arrested at the Eiffel Tower after brandishing a knife in front of tourists and security forces has told investigators he wanted to kill a soldier, sources close to the case said Sunday.Police had initially treated Saturday's incident as a criminal matter, but anti-terror prosecutors later designated a counterterrorism case because of the suspect's statements and his apparent radicalization.Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said in a newspaper interview published Sunday that the threat of militant attacks was "very high," citing two incidents this year targeting police on Paris' Champs Elysees.In February, a man armed with a machete attacked four soldiers on patrol at Paris' Louvre Museum, while in April another extremist shot and killed a policeman on the Champs Elysees.
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