In Greece Grenade thrown at French embassy, policeman hurt

Police are working on the theory that the attack was staged by local anarchists.

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Police officers conduct a search at the front of the French embassy after two motorcyclists threw a hand grenade injuring the guard in central Athens on November 10, 2016 play

Police officers conduct a search at the front of the French embassy after two motorcyclists threw a hand grenade injuring the guard in central Athens on November 10, 2016

(AFP)
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Assailants on a motorcycle threw a grenade at the French embassy in Athens Thursday, slighting wounding a police officer on duty outside, police said.

Greece's anti-terrorism police are investigating the attack, which happened at around 5am (0300GMT) on one of the city's main avenues and opposite parliament.

Police are working on the theory that the attack was staged by local anarchists who regularly carry out acts of violence against diplomatic missions.

They said investigators have not ruled out a link to the rise of the extreme right in France, following the congratulatory message by National Front leader Marine Le Pen to Donald Trump on his US election victory.

The injured police officer, who was in front of the gatehouse at the main entrance the embassy, was taken to hospital where he received treatment for leg injuries.

The blast caused only minor damage to the main gate.

The area around the embassy was sealed off by police.

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