A man armed with a knife and an apparent explosive vest was shot dead outside a police station in Paris on Thursday, as France was marking the anniversary of the attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

According to France 24, the man was shot while trying to enter the police station in northern Paris.

French authorities said that the man had a knife and an apparent explosives vest, and cried 'Allahu Akbar' while trying to enter the station. The Paris police are investigating the incident as potential 'terrorism', The Associated Press reported. 

A bomb squad reportedly reached the scene. AFP reported that the man was wearing a 'fake' suicide belt. 

"On Thursday morning, a man attempted to attack a policeman at the reception of the police station before being hit by shots from the police," interior ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said in a statement. 

French President Francois Hollande presided at a ceremony for the Charlie Hebdo anniversary in Paris on Thursday, during which he announced 5,000 extra police posts to boost security in the country, according to BBC

Paris saw two major terror attacks last year, with two gunmen killing 10 people at the Charlie Hebdo office on 7 January 2015 and several terrorists carrying out multiple attacks on 13 November 2015, leaving 130 dead.