The man is reported to have been carrying a weapon while trying to enter the police station in Northern Paris on the first anniversary on the Charlie Hebdo attacks.
A man carrying a meat cleaver has been shot dead outside a police station in northern Paris.
The attack came within 30 minutes of the anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo massacres in Paris last year.
It came just as Francois Hollande was finishing a speech to French police to mark the anniversary of the attack on the satirical magazine which left two officers dead.
Witnesses say the man had attempted to enter the police station waving a knife in Rue de la Goutte d’Or in the 18th arrondissement at midday today.
However, he was shot dead by police officers. French media quoted a police source as saying several witnesses heard the knifeman crying “Allah akbar”.
The body of the man was examined by a robot as explosive experts scrambled to the police station in Rue de la Goutte d’Or, the 18th district of the city as the man had wires protruding from his clothes.
However, police said after examining the man, the explosive vest was found to be fake.
A Paris police official said officers were investigating the incident as “more likely terrorism” than a standard criminal act.
Police sources were quoted by French media as saying the man was not wearing a suicide belt, but had a “wallet wrapped in tape from which wires hung out”.
The suspect had no identity documents on him and police are now trying to confirm his identity.
French media has shared reports of what looked like a meat cleaver left at the scene.
sources: Daily Express/ DailyMail / YouTube