France says Notre Dame cathedral attack an 'isolated act'

A French police officer stands guard outside of the Notre Dame cathedral after a man attacked a police officer with a hammer, in Paris, France, on June 6, 2017.
A French police officer stands guard outside of the Notre Dame cathedral after a man attacked a police officer with a hammer, in Paris, France, on June 6, 2017.PHOTO: EPA

PARIS (AFP) - The attack on a French police officer outside Paris's famed Notre Dame cathedral by a hammer-wielding man was an "isolated act," government spokesman Christophe Castaner said on Wednesday (June 7).

Tuesday's attacker had "never showed any sign of radicalisation," he told RTL radio, but stressed that the investigation was at an early stage.

The man had shouted "this is for Syria" when he attacked the police officer.

Police sources said the officer sustained minor neck injuries in the assault.

The assault comes with France on high alert after terrorists killed seven people in London on Saturday.