BREAKING: Gunshots and panic at Paris cathedral, police lockdown area

Paris police say they are responding to an alert at the Notre Dame cathedral due to reports of gunshots and panic.

Officials are warning people to stay away from the area, which is one of the French capital’s most popular tourist sites.

Reports are stating a male assailant attacked a police officer with a hammer and was later shot. It’s not confirmed if he is alive or dead.

France is in a state of emergency since attacks by jihadists in Paris left 130 people dead in 2015.

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