Paris attack: Man shot in hunt for BMW driver who mowed down six French soldiers –

He said the driver had been waiting for the soldiers to report for duty, then “accelerated very quickly the moment they came out”.

Defence Minister Florence Early said the incident marked a “cowardly act”, adding that “it did nothing to dent soldiers’ determination to work for the security of the French people”.

Mr Collomb shared his support for the soldiers via his Twitter account, and paid his respect to the 7,000 soldiers working for the Operation Sentinelle, which was brought in as part of France’s state of emergency that was launched after the January 2015 terror attacks in Paris. 

It came just four days after Sentinelle soldiers arrested an 18-year-old with a history of psychological problems at the Eiffel Tower, in which he had brandished a knife and shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest). He told investigators he wanted to kill a soldier, sources close to the case told AFP.


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