French police on Wednesday arrested a 22-year-old man in connection with a knife attack on a soldier in Paris.

The man, who is suspected of having links to radical Islamists, was arrested in the south-western Paris suburb of La Verriere, the Interior Ministry said.

Paris prosecutor Francois Molins was to give further details at a press conference later on Wednesday.

The soldier was on patrol in La Defense shopping district Saturday when a man attacked him from behind with a knife or box-cutter.

The victim suffered minor neck injuries. He has since been discharged from hospital.

The attack drew comparisons with a deadly attack a few days earlier on a soldier in London. That attack is also believed to be the work of Islamic extremists.

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