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Teenager back in psychiatric hospital after bid to attack Eiffel Tower soldiers


The Eiffel Tower in Paris

The Eiffel Tower in Paris

The Eiffel Tower in Paris

A French teenager who tried to attack soldiers guarding the Eiffel Tower has been sent back to a psychiatric hospital.

The Paris prosecutor's office said on Tuesday that a psychiatric expert deemed the 19-year-old unfit to face prosecution, so he was released from custody.

He was returned to the same hospital that discharged him last week, just before Saturday's tower incident.

The prosecutor's office said counter-terrorism magistrates opened a judicial inquiry on Tuesday into the attempted attack, which will allow a second opinion on the man's awareness of his actions and fitness to face prosecution.

No one was hurt in the incident.

The suspect told police he had been in contact with an Islamic State member who encouraged him to attack security forces.