French police search for suspect who drove into group of soldiers

Police and soldiers secure the scene where French soliders were hit and injured by a vehicle in the western Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret

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Terror struck again in Paris this morning as a driver who is still at large intentionally veered a vehicle into a crowd of soldiers in Saint-Mande, a Paris suburb, Fox News reports.

French officials said they conducting a counterterrorism investigation into the incident.

The vehicle appeared to clearly target the soldiers but the motive is unclear, a police spokesman said.

Mayor of Levallois-Perret, Patrick Balkany, condemned the attack as "an odious act of aggression", adding: "Without any doubt, it was a deliberate act".

The group of soldiers is part of France's Operation Sentinel, set up in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo terror attack in January 2015.

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The incident happened in the north-western suburb of Levallois-Perret at about 8am local time (4pm AEST).

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Four soldiers sustained light injuries and two were seriously wounded in the deliberate attack. "It hurtled at them".

"I heard a loud sound, shouts".

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Some 300 police tracked down the vehicle sought in connection with the attack, which left six people injured.

He told investigators he wanted to kill a soldier.

Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said after that attack in June that it had demonstrated the threat was still very high in the country and that it justified the ongoing state of emergency put in place in 2015.

One source close to the case told AFP the man had been stopped at the wheel of a BMW driving towards the northern port of Calais.

A man wielding a knife was arrested on Saturday after trying to force his way through a security checkpoint at the Eiffel Tower.

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On 13 November that year, 130 people were killed in a night of carnage in Paris, and more than 100 more have been killed in jihadist attacks since.

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