French prosecutor Francois Molins told reporters the police’s anti-terrorism unit would launch an investigation, given the aggressor’s “mode of operation.”
French President Emmanuel Macron praised officers for “neutralising the terrorist.” France “will not yield an inch to the enemies of freedom,” Macron said on Twitter.
The country has been on high alert amid a series of attacks, commissioned or inspired by the Islamic State militant group, over the past three years that has killed dozens of people.
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for Saturday’s attack in post via its Amaq news agency, but provided no proof for its claim.
French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb called it an “odious” attack. It took place in the heart of the French capital in an district renowned for the Paris opera and many landmark retail stories.