French Priest Seriously Injured In Lyon Gun Attack

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A Greek Orthodox priest is in a life-threatening condition after being shot in a gun attack in the French city of Lyon.

French Police said the priest was fired at twice in the abdomen while he was closing the church at about 4pm and they are hunting for the attacker.

Officers locked down the area and told the public to stay away.

The attacker was alone and fired from a hunting rifle, a police source said.

On Twitter, the British Embassy in France posted an alert about the “ongoing security incident” at the Jean-Mace area of the 7th arrondissement.

In a separate attack, two weeks ago a Paris schoolteacher was beheaded by an 18-year-old Chechen after he showed his students a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad.

France’s defence of the right to publish cartoons depicting the Prophet have angered many Muslims around the world and deepened tensions in the nation.

Ministers have warned of a risk of other Islamist militant attacks.

In response to the recent violence, President Emmanuel Macron sent thousands of soldiers to protect sites such as schools and places of worship.

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