The assailant is on the run.
The priest is in critical condition and is being treated at the site, a national police spokesperson said.
The attacker is on the run, the spokesperson said.
“An event is underway near the Jean-Macé sector, in the 7th arrondissement of Lyon”, the The French Interior Ministry wrote on Twitter. “The security and rescue forces are there. A security perimeter has been installed. ”
The ministry added that people should avoid the area.
The attack comes as the nation is on high alert after a terrorist attack on Notre-Dame Basilica in Nice this week.
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