Man shot and arrested after six military personnel injured when car was deliberately driven into them in neighbourhood of Levallois-Perret
Police searching for a driver who sped off after ploughing into soldiers patrolling an upmarket Paris suburb have shot and arrested a man on a motorway north of the French capital.
Security sources told AFP that the arrest was linked to Wednesday morning’s attack, which injured six members of the 35th infantry regiment, though there was no official confirmation.
The attack occurred at about 8 am during the changeover of soldiers stationed at Place de Verdun, not far from the town hall in Levallois-Perret.
The weekly council of ministers was taking place at the Élysée Palace as the first reports emerged. Counter-terror prosecutors later opened an investigation.
Patrick Balkany, the mayor of Levallois-Perret, told BFMTV that a BMW parked nearby appeared to have been waiting for the soldiers to leave their barracks. The vehicle, described as dark coloured, was driven the wrong way down a one-way street before it hit the troops and sped off.
Balkany described the attack as a “deliberate aggression”.
“It’s without doubt a deliberate act … This vehicle was waiting for them,” he said. “The BMW accelerated very quickly the moment they came out. This happened in the middle of the town. It happened very quickly.
“Levallois is a calm place … this is an odious aggression against our military that nobody expected.”
Witnesses suggested the driver was the only person in the vehicle, which was allegedly parked in a cul-de-sac near Place de Verdun before the incident. Security services have been sent to the area, which has been sealed off.
Nadia LeProhon was startled by a loud crash outside her building and rushed outside to see two soldiers on the ground. Other soldiers ran after a speeding car, shouting: “After him! Follow that car!”