A French soldier identified as Private First Class Cedric Cordier was wounded in the throat on Saturday night in La Defense, a business district west of Paris. Defence Minister Jean Yves Le Drian told reporters that Cordier was “targeted because of his profession,” and France’s anti-terrorist investigators are handling the case. Cordier was patrolling a train station with two other soldiers when his attacker approached him from behind and stabbed him with a short-bladed knife or a box cutter. He lost a lot of blood but is currently in “satisfactory” condition, according to The Guardian. Security cameras recorded the suspect escaping into the crowded area, the BBC reports, and the authorities are currently searching for him.
Comparisons between the incident and the deadly attack on a British soldier earlier this week have already begun, but there’s no evidence of a link between the two at this point. “There are elements — the sudden violence of the attack — that could lead one to believe there might be a comparison with what happened in London. But at this point, honestly, let us be prudent,” said Interior Minister Manuel Valls.