French Police Make Arrest in Copycat Knife Attack on Soldier

French police arrested a 21-year-old man who admitted to carrying out last weekend’s knife attack on a soldier on the outskirts of Paris.

In a strike similar to that in London this month, the soldier was stabbed in the neck as he patrolled a shopping center in the business district of La Defense last Saturday. While the soldier in London died, the French guardsman has been hospitalized with injuries that were declared to be not life-threatening.

“The president wants to thank the police for their rapid and professional work in carrying out the arrest,” Interior Minister Manuel Valls said after today’s cabinet meeting with President Francois Hollande.

The stabber in Paris converted to Islam as a teenager and “acted in the name of his religious ideology,” the French capital’s prosecutor Francois Molins said in a press conference today. On May 22, another convert to radical Islam killed the British soldier in London with a meat cleaver.

The French suspect, who turns 22 tomorrow, didn’t have a police record and was arrested this morning at the house of a friend, Molins said. He was identified through video recordings and personal belongings he’d left at the scene.

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