Manhunt after French soldiers ‘deliberately’ hit by BMW in Paris


A group of French soldiers have been struck by a car in western Paris.

Six of them were injured – two of them seriously – in the attack near the Place de Verdun in the Levallois-Perret suburb of the French capital at around 8am local time.

Police are looking for the driver of the BMW which is said to have been driven at the troops at speed.

Mayor of Levallois-Perret, Patrick Balkany, condemned the attack as “an odious act of aggression”.

“Without any doubt, it was a deliberate act,” he said.

The soldiers were attacked in the northwestern suburb of Levallois-Perret

A police spokesman said the vehicle – which is also being hunted – appeared to clearly target the troops, but the motive for the attack remained unclear.

France has been under a state of emergency since the November 2015 attacks in Paris which left 130 people dead.

The soldiers were on a routine patrol of the area as part of Operation Sentinelle, launched after the Charlie Hebdo attack in January 2015, to protect civilians from terror attacks.

In June, an Islamic extremist attacked a police officer with a hammer outside Notre Dame cathedral.

Two months earlier, a policeman was shot dead on the Champs Elysees, while in February, a man with a machete attacked four soldiers near the Louvre Museum.

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