French police (file)
French police (file)Reuters

A 20 year-old man has been shot dead by the French police on Saturday, Le Figaro reports, after he stabbed three policemen in Joue-les-Tours, near the city of Tours, while shouting 'Allahu Akhbar!' (Arabic: "G-d is great"). 

He stabbed three police officers before being “killed (by) police officers present using their issued firearms,” according to a French Interior Ministry statement. 

The three are in stable condition.

The perpetrator was a French citizen born in Burundi in 1994, a source told AFP, and was known to local police. He was allegedly "known for his extremist views." 

His brother was known to security agencies for his radical beliefs as well, according to the International Business Times, and had at one point planned to travel to Syria.