Driver attempts to run over soldiers in France

Glen Norman
March 30, 2018

French police have arrested a man who tried to run over a group of soldiers in south-eastern France.

On Thursday morning, a stolen vehicle tried to ram French soldiers near Varces (Isère), reports Le Dauphiné libéré, quoting sources close to the file.

The troops of the 93rd Mountain Artillery Regiment, who were out on their morning jog outside their base in Varces-Allières-et-Risset, in the French Alps, had to jump into a ditch to avoid the pavement-mounting Peugeot-make auto, according to reports.

"The soldiers managed to get up onto the pavement without being hit", Brulon said.

The driver is still on the run; while a second individual who was in the same auto is also wanted. It was reported that the vehicle was a stolen Peugeot 208.

Police were frantically searching for the driver who accelerated to flee the spot after the failed attempt.

The country has been on high alert after ISIS supporter Redouane Lakdim went on a rampage in Trebes last Friday, killing four people and injuring 15 others in the first militant attack since President Emmanuel Macron lifted a state of emergency. No one was injured'.

On Thursday, the four victims of the attacks, including heroic police officer Arnaud Beltrame who died after taking the place of a female hostage, will be laid to rest in the region. The 25-year-old gunman, who claimed to be representing the Islamic State, was later shot dead by the police.

France also suffered major attacks in Paris in November 2015 when IS jihadists killed 130 people at bars, restaurants, the Bataclan concert venue and the national stadium.

In August 2017, a man rammed his auto into a group of soldiers on anti-terror patrol in the western Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret, injuring six people.

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