18:07 GMT18 January 2021
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    An unidentified man armed with a knife attacked people near a church in Nice, France, mayor Christian Estrosi said earlier today.

    A video of the street in front of the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Nice, where a man killed three people and injured several others, has emerged online. The footage shows an almost empty street in front of the cathedral, with several police cars on the street.

    The police operation is reportedly still underway; however, the perpetrator of the attack has already been detained, according to Mayor Christian Estrosi.

    Estrosi qualified the incident as a possible terrorist attack.

    Earlier this month, French President Emmanuel Macron called Islam a religion 'in crisis' and promised new legislation that would create "enlightened Islam" in the country days after a radicalised teen beheaded history teacher Samuel Paty, after he had displayed cartoons in class depicting the Islamic prophet Muhammad during a lesson on the freedom of speech. Muslims consider any picture of Muhammad to be blasphemous.

    The French government declared the incident a terrorist attack and pledged to reinforce the counter-extremist measures in the country.

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