An orthodox priest has been injured in a shooting in the French city of Lyon and the assailant has fled, a source said on Saturday.

The priest was fired on twice at around 4pm local time as he was closing the church, and was being treated on site for life-threatening injuries, the source said.

French Police source confirms a priest has been seriously wounded in a gun attack in French city of Lyon, assailant is on the run

French Interior Ministry there is a serious incident underway in the city of Lyon, security forces are on site