Eiffel Tower suspect says he was in touch with IS member

The man was arrested by police at the Eiffel Tower in Paris

The French 19-year-old tried to break through security checks at the base of the iconic tower while brandishing a knife and shouting "Allahu akbar" ("God is great"), according to Reuters.

The suspect's statements to investigators and his radical views led the anti-terrorist section of the prosecution to take over the investigation, a judicial source in Paris said on Sunday (Monday NZ Time).

A man has been arrested after attempting to storm the Eiffel Tower with a knife.

During questioning by police, the man stated he had wanted to carry out an attack against a soldier and was in contact with a member of Daesh terrorist group who encouraged him to act, the source said.

An investigation is now open, with the man's motives not yet known.

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The suspect, wearing a Paris Saint-Germain soccer shirt, was "very quickly overpowered and arrested" by a security guard when he tried to force his way through barriers on Saturday, according to a statement by the Eiffel Tower operating company.

Although a French national, the man was born in Mauritania, an African Arab nation, in 1998.

France has remained in a state of emergency since the execution of several attacks in Paris on November 13, 2015 in the capital of the country, which left more than 130 dead. The Eiffel Tower was lit up with team colors in celebration of the record-breaking $520 million acquisition of Brazilian star Neymar.

Since the first wave of terror attacks in January 2015, 239 people have been killed.

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