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UAE condemns attack at the Louvre, pledges support to France

Armed police officers patrol in the courtyard of the Louvre museum near where a soldier opened fire after he was attacked in Paris, Friday, Feb. 3, 2017.

Armed police officers patrol in the courtyard of the Louvre museum near where a soldier opened fire after he was attacked in Paris, Friday, Feb. 3, 2017.  (AP)

The United Arab Emirates has condemned an attack in Paris' Louvre museum where a machete-wielding assailant shouting "Allahu Akbar!" was shot by soldiers, but offered no comment about his possible connection to the UAE.

French authorities say that Friday's attacker is believed to be a 29-year-old Egyptian who had been living in the UAE, though his identity is not confirmed.

The UAE's foreign ministry on Saturday called the attack a "hideous crime" and pledged its solidarity and support "for whatever measures France may take to preserve its security."

France is working with the Emirates to build a branch of the Louvre in the federal capital, Abu Dhabi.

The Louvre was closed Friday but will reopen Saturday.