When searching the flat of the man who attacked police officers at Notre Dame Cathedral Tuesday, investigators discovered a video of him pledging his support to ISIS.
The search took place on Wednesday in Cergy, a suburb of Paris.
According to the French government, the attacker was a doctoral student and former journalist whose is 40 years old and from Algeria.
After attacking police with a hammer outside the cathedral on Tuesday, the man was shot by police. He sustained a gunshot wound to the chest and is being treated in a hospital. One officer’s neck was injured in the attack.
French police are treating the incident as an act of terrorism during which the man, who has not been named, shouted, “This is for Syria!” The suspect also carried kitchen knives during the attack.
Approximately 1,000 people were inside the cathedral when the incident occurred.
In an interview with France’s RTL Radio, government spokesperson Christophe Castaner said that the suspect had not shown any signs of radicalization or violence prior to the attack.
France has been in a state of emergency since November 2015 when 130 people were murdered in coordinated attacks throughout Paris.
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