French authorities have opened a terror investigation after a soldier shot a man who tried to attack a security patrol with a machete near the Louvre museum in Paris.

Police say the man reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar,” an Arabic phrase that translates to “God is greatest.”

The man, who tried to gain entry to the Louvre’s shopping centre, was shot in the abdomen and seriously injured. One soldier sustained a slight head injury.

Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the attack was “terrorist in nature”.

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