The attacker was overpowered by the soldier and arrested. The attacker is believed to not be known to police.
A man armed with a knife attacked a soldier from the Sentinel operation patrolling the Châtelet metro station in Paris.
The attacker allegedly lunged at the soldier at the central Chatelet metro station, one of the busiest transport hubs in the French capital, around 6.30am local time, making reference to Allah, a police source said.
The attacker approached the soldier from behind and threatened him with a knife while shouting slogans about the Islamic State terror group, reported French broadcaster BFMTV.
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The soldier quickly brought the man under control.
The unidentified man was taken to the main police station in Chatelet, and now faces a range of terrorist charges.
Prosecutors said they were treating the incident as a possible terror attack, but also did not rule out the possibility the attacker was deranged. In January six Sentinelle soldiers were injured when a vehicle smashed into them close to the headquarters of France's anti-terrorism police unit in the Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret.
France declared a state of emergency following attacks in Paris in November 2015, in which more than 130 people were killed.
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Frances's armed forces minister say the soldier was not injured.
French Defence Minister Florence Parly said the number of troops involved in its Sentinelle operation would remain at 7,000 under the plan.
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