Update (1.02pm): Two Paris police officials said the man shot dead outside a station had wires protruding from his body, but added he has not yet been identified.
One of the officials said the man threatened officers at the police station in northern Paris with a butcher’s knife.
Update (12.39pm): A man who threatened police in Paris with a knife was wearing a fake explosives vest, officials said.
Update (12.26pm): Officers are investigating an attack on a police station in the Paris as potential “terrorism”, a police official has said.
The attacker, armed with a knife, was killed by police.
A Paris police official said they are viewing the incident as “more likely terrorism” than a standard criminal act.
Luc Poignant, a police union official, said the man may have been wearing an explosives vest, and cried out “Allahu Akbar” or “God is great” in Arabic.
The attack came as France marks one year since Islamic extremists attacked satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.
Earlier: A man has been shot dead outside a police station in Paris.
It is understood he tried to enter the station in Barbes brandishing a knife.
Police have described him as "threatening" and have called on people to close windows and avoid balconies.
A bomb disposal team has been called in.