Update to this story.

Via Sky News:

The stabbing of a French soldier in Paris bore the hallmarks of Islamist terrorism and may have been inspired by the Woolwich attack, French officials have said.

Police are on the hunt for a bearded man aged about 35, possibly of North African origin, who fled into a crowded train station after attacking the soldier from behind.

“There are indeed elements that lead us to believe it could be an act of terrorism,” Interior Minister Manuel Valls told France 5 television. He declined further comment citing the investigation.

The 23-year-old soldier survived the attack, carried out only days after Drummer Lee Rigby was hacked to death by two suspected Islamic extremists.

A spokesman for police union UNSA, Christophe Crepin, said there were similarities with the Woolwich attack.

“I think this person wanted to imitate what happened in London,” he said.

His comment echoed remarks by the defence minister that the French soldier had been targeted because of his uniform.