Security guard stabbed at French Consulate in Saudi Arabia as attacker arrested

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A man has been arrested after he stabbed a guard at the French Consulate in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia's state-run news agency said.

According to local reports, the man used a "sharp tool" to stab the guard and was then detained.

The guard was taken to hospital but his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

The stabbing comes hours after three people were killed in a terror attack at a church in Nice, France.

In a third incident, an armed man shouting "Allahu Akbar" has reportedly been shot dead by police in Avignon.

It is not yet known if the three events are connected.

A spokesman for the Saudi Arabia foreign ministry has condemned the Nice attack.

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Two people were beheaded inside Notre Dame Basilica during morning mass on Thursday after weeks of anger at President Emmanuel Macron from the Muslim community.

Earlier this month history teacher Samuel Paty was decapitated by a young Chechen man who was angry he had shown his class cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, deemed sacrilegious under Islam.

His gruesome murder prompted Macron to promise a crackdown on Islamist extremism, which has in turn fuelled tensions between French Muslims and the rest of the country.

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