A female police employee has been fatally stabbed in a knife attack at a police station in Rambouillet, south-west of Paris.
The 48-year-old unarmed administrative officer was stabbed in the neck by a 36-year-old attacker, who reportedly came to France from Tunisia several years ago.
He was shot after lunging at the female officer and her colleagues then opened fire on him. He later died in hospital.
The stabbing took place in the secure entrance to the police station on Friday afternoon as the worker was returning from her break at 14:20 (12:20 GMT).
Witnesses said the man had been seen walking around while on his mobile phone outside the police station and seized his chance to go in as the woman went through the security doors.
Prime Minister Jean Castex and Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin went straight to the scene, in the large Yvelines area to the the west of the capital.
“The republic has lost one of its everyday heroes in a barbaric act of unlimited cowardice,” Mr Castex tweeted.
Police appealed to the public not to share rumours. Officials said the man was unknown to intelligence service.
Source: BBC News