Hundreds of police officers are hunting a gunman after three people were killed and 12 others wounded in a shooting in the eastern French city of Strasbourg, the BBC reports.
The suspect, who is known to security services, escaped after exchanging fire with soldiers and armed police on Tuesday. He is believed to be injured.
The shooting happened close to a popular Christmas market near one of the central squares, Place Kléber.
France's counter terrorism prosecutor has opened an investigation.
However the motive for the incident remains unclear.
"He fought twice with our security forces," French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said.
He added that France had raised its security alert level to "emergency attack".
The mayor of Strasbourg, Roland Ries, ltweeted that the Christmas market would be closed on Wednesday following events. He added that flags would be lowered to half-mast at the local Town Hall, where people could to pay their respects in a book of condolences.