The assailant fled the scene.

Good news:


Via Reuters, additional details about the stabbing and the “bearded man of North African origin … wearing an Arab-style garment”:

The soldier, patrolling as part of France’s Vigipirate anti-terrorist surveillance plan, was injured in the stabbing around 1800 p.m. but would survive, the source said.

French daily Le Parisien cited police sources as saying the suspected attacker was a bearded man of North African origin about 30 years old, and was wearing an Arab-style garment under his jacket.

According to Business Insider, Le Parisien is reporting that the attacker was “wearing a jilbab, a type of Islamic garment.”


New information from Reuters: The soldier was reportedly stabbed with a knife or box-cutter. The identity of the attacker is still unknown, according to President Francois Hollande.

Twitchy will monitor this developing story and update as more details become available.