NICE, France - A man wielding a knife on Thursday killed three people in an attack at the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Nice in southern France.
A suspect has been arrested in the attack, which Nice's mayor has described as an act of terrorism.
At around 9:00am on Thursday, an unidentified suspect killed three people and injured several others at a church in central Nice. Two of the victims were killed inside the church and at least one them was beheaded, according to a police source. The third victim died while seeking help in a nearby bar.
The suspect was wounded by police and has been hospitalised.
Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi has described the attack as an act of terrorism, and said the suspect repeated the words "Allahu Akbar" as he was being treated for his wounds after being apprehended by police.
France's anti-terrorism prosecutor's office has opened an investigation into the attack.
President Macron was expected to arrive in Nice at around 1:00pm on Thursday.
French lawmakers on Thursday observed a minute of silence to honour the victims in the attack.
In another incident in Saudi Arabia Thursday, a Saudi citizen wounded a guard in a knife attack at the French consulate in the port city of Jeddah, said the French embassy in Saudi Arabia. The attacker was arrested immediately after the attack.
The French embassy in Saudi Arabia said the consulate in Jeddah was subject to a "knife attack which targeted a guard", adding that the guard was taken to hospital and his life was not in danger.
The statement, which was posted on Twitter, said the French embassy "strongly condemns" the attack against a diplomatic outpost.