In what appears to be yet another terror attack, a man drove into a crowd of patrons gathered outside a bar in the southern city of Nimes Friday, slightly wounding two before hitting a security barrier and being arrested.
According to witnesses and local officials, the 32-year-old suspect, believed to be a local, sped towards a crowd of about 50 outside the bar in the wee hours of the morning.
However his white Peugeot ran into barriers set up for a popular weekend festival featuring bull-fighting which attracts thousands of people each year.
Several witnesses told AFP that the man shouted Allahu Akbar (God is Greatest) during the incident.
A source close to the investigation said the man was not known to police for suspected radicalisation.
The region’s public prosecutor Eric Maurel said the suspect tried to flee but was caught and roughed up by the crowd, adding that he was in a state of “mental confusion” during his arrest and has been hospitalised.
Though the police is yet to release an official statement regarding the incident, an investigation has been opened into attempted murder.