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Two killed and others injured in knife attack in south-east France

Police officers investigate after a man wielding a knife attacked residents venturing out to shop in the town under lockdown. Credit: AP

Two people have been killed and eight injured in a knife attack in south-east France during the coronavirus lockdown.

Three of the injured are reported to be in a critical condition.

The French prosecutor's officer said the attack took place at around 11am in a commercial area of Romans-sur-Isere.

The mayor of the town said the victims were attacked as they queued up outside a shop.

The alleged attacker was arrested near to the scene by police.

Like the rest of France, the town's residents are on coronavirus-linked lockdown.

The victims were carrying out their weekend food shopping on the street that has bakeries and grocers, the office said.

Police outside the scene. Credit: AP

Two-metre distancing is being encouraged there, as in the rest of the country.

Media reported that the knifeman first attacked a Romanian resident who had just left his home for his daily walk - slitting his throat in front of his girlfriend and son.

The assailant was then reported to have entered a tobacco shop, stabbed the tobacconist and two customers, and then went into the local butcher's shop.

He grabbed another knife and attacked a client with the blunt end before entering a supermarket.

Some shoppers took refuge in a nearby bakery.

French President Emmanuel Macron described the incident as an "odious act" and said his "thoughts are with the victims, the injured, their families".