French police opened fire Sunday at a car which smashed through a security barrier in central Paris close to the finishing line of cycling’s Tour de France, a police source said.
Lots of armed police activity around US Embassy in Paris following driver being shot on place de la Concorde 8am. He’s still not been found.
— Peter Allen (@peterallenparis) July 26, 2015
The authorities were still searching for the driver after the incident which happened at around 11am local time (1pm GST) at the Place de Concorde at the end of the famous Champs Elysees, where the world’s greatest cycling race is to finish later Sunday.
Officials said police shot at the car in an attempt to stop it after it sped away from a nearby checkpoint as officers tried to redirect traffic away from roads closed for the end of the epic race.
No one is believed to have been hit, and police stressed there had been no exchange of fire. Initial reports also suggest that it was not a pre-planned attack.
A police official told Reuters: “This is a minor incident. It wasn’t aimed at the Tour de France, it’s not terrorism, it’s just a simple refusal to comply, as there are many every day.”
Security in the French capital has been heightened for months following jihadist attacks which claimed 17 lives that began with the massacre at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
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