Marseille knife attacker shot dead by French police

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Ambulances at the sceneImage source, AFP

A man has been shot dead after wounding at least two pedestrians with a knife in the centre of Marseille.

The attack occurred at about 16:45 local time (15:45 GMT) on Tuesday afternoon in the Canebière area of the city, which is France's second largest.

Police said they opened fire after the man, who has not been named, threatened officers with a weapon.

The prosecutor's office has said the attack was not politically motivated.

"It's a common law assault," prosecutor Xavier Tarabeux said.

At least one other pedestrian was reportedly injured during the confrontation with police.