A French soldier who was patrolling in uniform with two other soldiers as part of France's Vigipirate anti-terror surveillance unit was stabbed in the neck from behind in the Hauts-de-Seine suburb of Paris.Th ejoint police and army patrol was a security precaution ordered by the French Government after France's intervention in th ejihad invasion of Mali.
The soldier, Cedric Cordier, was in a busy underground train station when he was attacked from behind and stabbed in the throat.
According to CCTV surveillance footage, the suspect is tall and bearded, aged about 35, possibly of North African origin and wearing a white Arab-style tunic.
French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told a CNN affiliate that the attacker deliberately targeted the soldier and wanted "to kill a soldier who is in charge of French security."
Several French officials noted the similarity between the Woolwich murder in Britain and the attack on a uniformed soldier in France. Both Woolwich and Hauts-de-Seine are relatively quiet neighborhoods, with Hauts-de-Seine being mostly a commercial district, although both abut restive Muslim neighborhoods and both attacks appear to be deliberately aimed at the military.
The soldier was badly injured but is expected to survive,