Six Injured As French Soldiers Ploughed Into By Vehicle In Paris

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A vehicle has ploughed into French soldiers in Paris at about 8am this morning, leaving six people injured, including two seriously, according to French media reports.

The suspected attack took place in upmarket suburb Levallois-Perret when the man drove into the patrolling soldiers at speed as they were leaving their barracks.

The troops were from the Sentinel military operation, which was set up in the aftermath of the French terror attacks.

The Mayor of Paris, Patrick Balkany, said he has ‘no doubt’ the attack was deliberate after the man drove his BMW into the group at speed.

Balkany said:

It’s without doubt a deliberate act … This vehicle was waiting for them.

The BMW accelerated very quickly the moment they came out. This happened in the middle of the town. It happened very quickly.

An investigation has been launched, with police searching for the vehicle and man in question.

The two seriously injured soldiers were taken to the Percy military hospital at Clamart, though none of the injuries are thought to be life-threatening.

There are 10,000 soldiers patrolling France as part of Operation Sentinelle, along with 4,700 police and gendarmes.

Paris has been on high alert following a string of terrorist attacks this year.

More to follow.