A soldier has shot a machete-wielding attacker who shouted “Allahu akhbar” near the world famous Louvre museum in Paris this morning.

Soldiers patrolling as part of France’s on-going State of Emergency stopped the man getting into the building shortly after 9am.

“He was carrying a suitcase and was refused access,” said a police source at the scene.

“The man immediately withdrew a knife, and attacked.

“It was at this moment that a soldier used his weapon to disable the men, who was wounded.

“The area has been evacuated.”

A dramatic picture taken by a tourist shows the moment soldiers shot the suspected terrorist

He could be seen lying on the ground as soldiers anxiously point their guns. The man is now being treated in hospital with serious injuries.

The drama unfolded next to the Carrousel du Louvre – a vast underground shopping centre built into the museum complex.

Police union official Yves Lefebvre said the man attacked soldiers when they told him he could not enter the underground shopping mall with his bags.

Mr Lefebvre says police found two machetes on the attacker.

A soldier was slightly wounded during the incident with other soldiers firing five shots at the attacker.

Pictures show people huddled together with some taking to social media.

A shop worker who was in the shopping centre at the time of the attack said: “We heard gunfire and reacted immediately – shutting down the grills in front of the shop, and retreating into the back.”