Tour de France attacker on run after Paris police open fire

Paris police foil attack on security barricades being set up near US embassy for Tour de France race

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A man is on the run after being shot at by police in a Paris square as he tried to ram his car into a barricade being set up for the Tour de France race early on Sunday morning.

Police opened fire on the suspect's vehicle at about 09:00 GMT as he sped towards them in the Place de la Concorde square, not far from the US embassy.

Speaking to the Daily Mail newspaper, an eye-witness said police opened fire after they failed to stop the vehicle breaching the barricades.

“Police tried to stop it, but when the driver refused he drove in their direction and then the shots were fired,” the witness said.

According to SGP police union spokesman Luc Poignant, the driver of the vehicle and two passengers are now on the run after escaping the scene unharmed.

There were also no injuries among the police officers, the Associated Press reported.

Tour de France race director Thierry Gouvenou said the incident would not affect the race, which will go ahead as scheduled, with the race’s final leg due to finish at Place de la Concorde at 17:00 GMT on Sunday.

TRTWorld and agencies