A French soldier on an antiterrorist patrol in the La Defense business district on the outskirts of Paris was attacked Saturday with a knife by an unknown person, France Info radio said.

Police describe the aggressor, who is still at large, as "a North African type of man, some 30 years old," with a beard and wearing a blue shirt and djellabah, a tunic typical of the Magreb, the online edition of the daily Le Parisien said.

France Info said, citing police sources, that the soldier was wounded in the neck and that his life is not in danger.

The attack took place around 6 p.m. local time (1600 GMT) in front of a Virgin book and record store in the district where the skyscrapers of some of France's biggest companies stand, Le Parisien said.

Last Wednesday, two suspected Islamists, ages 22 and 28, killed a British soldier in London with a knife and a machete. EFE