Police and firefighters assemble at the scene of the attack in Villejuif [Christophe Archambault/AFP]

Police in France fatally shot a man near Paris after he stabbed several people in a park, killing one person and wounding two more, a prosecutor said.

The attack happened on Friday in the town of Villejuif, about 8km (5 miles) south of central Paris.

The man’s motives weren’t immediately clear.

Police cordoned off the area, and ambulances and police vehicles lined a road approaching the park.

The two injured victims are being treated in nearby hospitals, Laure Beccuau, the prosecutor whose office is handling the case, told reporters.

“The suspect tried to attack other victims during his murderous spree … [and they] were able to escape,” she said.

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