In this image taken from a validated UGC video the body of man lies on the ground near a police robotic device after the he was shot dead by officers at a police station in northern Paris.
A jihadist wielding a meat cleaver was shot dead as he tried to attack a police station in Paris Thursday claiming to avenge French military action in Syria, a year to the day since the Charlie Hebdo massacre.
In those attacks, two gunmen killed 12 people at the offices of the French satirical magazine, which had angered Islamists for its irreverent approach to Islam and publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.
As tributes are paid and memories are upheld, a knife-wielding man storms the entrance of a police station near the Montmartre neighborhood, which was home to the Sacre Coeur Cathedral while shouting, "Allahu akbar!" or "God is great!"
Three police officers were among the 17 dead in the attacks last January, which ended after two days of bloodshed in the Paris region.
But there was no reprieve for France.
One Paris citizen, Pascale Foucault, says the French people have made adjustments due to the terrorist threats and have become more vigilant.
Police sealed off the area around the station.
A civilian named Nora Borria said that she wasn't able to get to her home because of the barricades set up by the police. She said she no longer feels a sense of safety. A Sky News report said a local resident who was about to be interviewed by the network was arrested by anti-terror police prior to speaking. She said the police shouted at the man and that he then started running towards them before they shot him.
Authorities did not publicly identify the suspect. He said Sallah described himself to police in 2013 as homeless and in France illegally. Paris policemen shot the man to death.
In his statement, Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins said a terrorism inquiry had been opened into the incident, which occurred in the 18th district of the capital, an area IS said it had planned to strike in November. Investigators said they were exploring links to "terrorist undertaking", but did not provide further detail, according to the Washington Post. It did not elaborate on the claim of responsibility. Crowds turned out Thursday at Place de la Republique to add flowers, candles and notes to a huge makeshift memorial that sprang up after the November terror attacks.
"Terrorism still weighs heavily on our country", Mr Hollande said.
SHASHANK JOSHI: I think Europe as a whole will see a spate of incidents like this hopefully all as resoundingly as unsuccessful as this one in the coming years and it's those kind of actions I think that really are the challenge because regardless of whether or not this was in any way related to ISIS it serves their broader goal of suggesting that they are capable of fermenting violence in Europe on a grand scale.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry noted that solidarity on Thursday. He saved the life of one his employees, Lilian, by distracting the attackers so he could hide.