Police shoot man in popular Paris tourist spot after he 'attacked officer with hammer'

Police in Paris are responding to an incident at the Notre-Dame Cathedral amid reports of gunshots.

A Generic Photo of a Gargoyle on Notre Dame Cathedral (PA)

People have been told to stay away from the area, which is one of the French capital's most popular tourist sites.

Reports suggest a man attacked a police officer with a hammer and was later shot.

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Police in Paris say a security operation is under way near the Notre-Dame Cathedral and people are urged to stay away from the scene.

No specific details were given about the incident in a tweet by police.

Large numbers of police cars sped to the area on the Ile de Cite island in the River Seine.