An attack in Paris by a man alleged to have shouted “Allah Akbah” has left one person dead and another injured.

The assault, which took place close to the Eiffel Tower, was carried out by a man who was born in France and is French.

He screamed the Arabic words for “God is great” before he started the random stabbing attack on passersby. He is also claimed to have used a hammer.

Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said on social media: “The police have just courageously arrested an assailant attacking passersby in Paris, around the Quai de Grenelle.

“The Paris fire brigade treated one deceased person and one injured person. Please avoid the area.”

The attacker is said to have been previously known to police for his history of radical Islamism and is said to have psychiatric problems.

According to Darmanin, the assailant told police that he had been assaulted because he was upset by the situation in Gaza.

A police operation is underway around the Bir-Hakeim metro station.

The anti-terrorism prosecutor’s office said it had not yet put in charge of an investigation.

It is thought that the victim who died was a German-Filipino tourist. He died from a stab wound to his back and shoulder.

An English tourist was the other victim in the attack.