The incident took place a the Rue de la Goutte d'Or in the 18th arrondissement in the north of the French capital. The man reportedly ran at the police station wielding a knife and shouting "Allahu Akbar", French officials have said.
Several local reports suggest the man may have been wearing an explosive vest and witnesses near the scene shared pictures on social media appearing to show a bomb disposal robot at the scene.
At the same time French President Francois Hollande promised 5,000 extra police and 2,000 more intelligence jobs to beef up security in the country which has been targeted by jihadists.
Terrorists attacked the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo a year ago today killing 17 people.
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