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At least five people, including four young children, were wounded in a mass stabbing in the French Alps Thursday morning.

According to local media, the assailant targeted a group of children of about three-years-old at a lake in the center of the town of Annecy. The attacker is believed to be a Syrian asylum seeker.

Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin tweeted that the attacker "has been arrested thanks to the rapid reaction of security forces."

President Emmanuel Macron said in response: "Attack of absolute cowardice this morning in a park in Annecy. Children and an adult are fighting for their lives. The nation is shocked. Our thoughts are with them as well as their families and the emergency services."

French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne is on her way to Annecy.

The French National Assembly held a minute of silence following the attack.