A SUSPECTED terror attack has reportedly left two dead after a several people were stabbed outside a church in Nice.
Police confirmed an “operation is in progress” near the Notre Dame church in the city in the south of France.
French media reported that two people had been killed, several people had been injured and a suspect has been arrested.
Nice mayor Christian Estrosi tweeted: “I confirm that everything suggests a terrorist attack.”
It comes amid heightened security fears in France amid the ongoing row over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed published by Charlie Hebdo.
Samuel Paty, 47, was beheaded by 18-year-old Abdullah Anzorov on October 17 after using the cartoons to teach his students about the importance of free speech.
He was was posthumously given the Legion d’Honneur – France’s highest award – and French president Emmanuel Macron insisted the country would “not give up our cartoons”.
Prophet Mohammed cartoons have been displayed in France in solidarity with Paty to defend what many in the country see as its values of free speech and secularism.
Macron has said he would redouble efforts to stop conservative Islamic beliefs subverting French values – which has angered many Muslims.