PARIS – The Louvre museum in Paris has been cordoned off, after a French soldier opened fire on an attacker, wounding him, reported RT citing local media.

The French Interior Ministry reported that there has been a “grave public security incident” in the vicinity of the Louvre museum.

The nearby Palais Royal Musee du Louvre metro station has been closed due to the incident, witnesses said on Twitter, while Reuters reports that police have cordoned off the museum.

According to Europe 1 radio the square in front of Louvre was partially evacuated.

According to Reuters, the attacker tried to assault the soldier with a knife, also, the man was carrying a suitcase and tried to enter the Louvre museum with it, the agency said citing police sources.