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French police: man tried to seize weapon at airport, killed

  • FILE - In this April 8, 2015 file photo, a plane parks on the tarmac at Paris Orly airport, south of Paris. French police say a man was shot to death after trying to seize the weapon of a soldier guarding Paris' Orly Airport, Saturday March 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

    FILE - In this April 8, 2015 file photo, a plane parks on the tarmac at Paris Orly airport, south of Paris. French police say a man was shot to death after trying to seize the weapon of a soldier guarding Paris' Orly Airport, Saturday March 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Travellers walk on the highway to the Orly airport, south of Paris, Saturday, March, 18, 2017. A man was shot to death Saturday after trying to seize the weapon of a soldier guarding Paris' Orly Airport, prompting a partial evacuation of the terminal, police said. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

    Travellers walk on the highway to the Orly airport, south of Paris, Saturday, March, 18, 2017. A man was shot to death Saturday after trying to seize the weapon of a soldier guarding Paris' Orly Airport, prompting a partial evacuation of the terminal, police said. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man watches the traffic on the highway leading to the Orly airport, south of Paris, Saturday, March, 18, 2017. A man was shot to death Saturday after trying to seize the weapon of a soldier guarding Paris' Orly Airport, prompting a partial evacuation of the terminal, police said. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

    A man watches the traffic on the highway leading to the Orly airport, south of Paris, Saturday, March, 18, 2017. A man was shot to death Saturday after trying to seize the weapon of a soldier guarding Paris' Orly Airport, prompting a partial evacuation of the terminal, police said. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)  (The Associated Press)

French police say a man was shot to death after trying to seize the weapon of a soldier guarding Paris' Orly Airport.

A national police official said the incident occurred Saturday morning at Orly, and the soldier is part of the Sentinel special force installed around France to protect sensitive sites after a string of deadly Islamic extremist attacks.

No information about the slain man or any other injuries was available. The official was not authorized to be publicly named.

Police evacuated part of the airport and warned visitors in a tweet to avoid the airport while the police operation was underway.

The shooting came after a similar incident last month at the Louvre Museum. France remains under a state of emergency.