Driver tries to ram soldiers in southern France after hostage crisis
Mar 30, 2018, 01:14
The soldiers dived into a ditch to avoid the oncoming auto.
The driver "deliberately drove" the Peugeot auto into the group of soldiers, Le Dauphine said, citing its sources.
A security source said: "A person tried to run down two soldiers from the 93rd Mountain Artillery Regiment in Varces, for unknown reasons".
One security source initially told AFP that the driver was among two people arrested around lunchtime in Grenoble, but others later contradicted this as the investigation continued.
A source close to the investigation said the driver's motivations were unclear, but that the incident was being taken seriously. Reports suggested a woman was also in the vehicle.
The incident came as French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and senior figures of the French government attended the funerals in southern France for the four victims of last week's extremist gun rampage.
A man driving a auto with fake licence plates tried to ram a group of soldiers out jogging in southeast France yesterday, security sources told AFP.
France remains on high alert after a number of terror attacks in recent years, although in October last year President Macron lifted a state of emergency in place since 2015.
Colonel Benoît Brulon, spokesman for the police added: "Around 8.15am local time, he verbally threatened six or seven soldiers who were jogging and then insulted a second group of soldiers who were also out jogging".
Security forces have been repeatedly targeted during the string of jihadist attacks that have claimed the lives of over 240 people around France in the past three years. Police immediately stormed the supermarket and killed the gunman.
Macron on Wednesday said France was locked in a fight against "clandestine Islamic fundamentalism" as he paid tribute to the gendarme who took the place of a hostage in Friday's attack in the town of Trebes.
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