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Police near the cordoned off spot where a French soldier was stabbed in the throat in the busy commercial district of La Defense near Paris (AP)

Police near the cordoned off spot where a French soldier was stabbed in the throat in the busy commercial district of La Defense near Paris (AP)

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Police officers cordon off the scene where a French soldier was stabbed in the throat in the busy commercial Paris suburb of La Defense (AP)

Police officers cordon off the scene where a French soldier was stabbed in the throat in the busy commercial Paris suburb of La Defense (AP)

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Police near the cordoned off spot where a French soldier was stabbed in the throat in the busy commercial district of La Defense near Paris (AP)

French anti-terrorism investigators are hunting for the attacker who stabbed a soldier outside Paris, as authorities continued to search for links with the brutal killing of British serviceman Lee Rigby.

Private First Class Cedric Cordier, 23, was in uniform when he was stabbed in the throat on Saturday in the busy La Defense shopping area near the French capital.

He remains in hospital but his injuries are not life-threatening, the Interior Ministry said. His attacker is still on the run.

The stabbing came days after Drummer Rigby was hacked to death in Woolwich, south-east London, in broad daylight by two suspected terrorists.

Scotland Yard again refused to comment on whether it was looking into any links between the incident in France and the murder of Drummer Rigby.

However French interior minister Manuel Valls has said there could be comparisons between the two attacks. He told France 2 television: "There are elements - the sudden violence of the attack - that could lead one to believe there might be a comparison with what happened in London. But at this point, honestly, let us be prudent."

Pte Cordier was on a group patrol as part of a national protection programme when he was attacked from behind.

France's defence minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, who visited the injured solider in hospital yesterday evening, confirmed that he had been targeted because he was a soldier.

Drummer Rigby was killed in a brutal attack outside the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich on Wednesday. The gruesome scene was recorded on witnesses' mobile phones and a video emerged in which one of the two suspects - his hands bloodied - boasted of their exploits and warned of more violence as the soldier lay on the ground.

Speaking shortly after the attack while on an official visit to Ethiopia, French President Francois Hollande said that while "all hypotheses" will be investigated, there did not appear to be a link with the murder in London.

PA Media