French police officer injured in knife attack in Cannes

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The attack in the south of France comes as worries over violent crime and terrorism feature among voters' main concerns in the run-up to the 2022 French presidential election.

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A police official was injured after being stabbed with a knife in Cannes, southern France, and his assailant has been "neutralised", said French interior minister Gérald Darmanin on Monday, reports FRANCE 24.

The attack in Cannes comes as worries over violent crime and terrorism feature among voters' main concerns in the run-up to the 2022 French presidential election.

"I am going to the scene immediately this morning and I offer my support to the national police and to the city of Cannes," added Darmanin on his Twitter account.

The policeman was behind the wheel of a car in front of a police station at 6.30am when the attacker opened the door of the vehicle and stabbed him with a knife, a police source speaking on condition of anonymity told AFP.

The officer was saved thanks to his bullet-proof vest, sources said.

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