Unidentified attackers on a motorcycle threw an explosive device at the French embassy in central Athens early on Thursday, wounding a guard, police said, in an attack that comes less than a week before U.S. President Barack Obama visits the city.
"It was probably a hand grenade," one official told Reuters. "The building was not damaged, only externally, on the pavement. One officer, who was at the spot, was slightly injured."
The attackers were riding a motorcycle, according to footage from security cameras, another official said.
The explosion was heard in central Athens.
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.
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.
Small-scale attacks on businesses, police, politicians and embassies are frequent in Greece, with its long history of political violence.
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