Driver tries to ram group of French soldiers


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A driver is on the run after trying to ram a car into a group of soldiers out jogging near their barracks in southeast France.

Soldiers of the 93rd Mountain Artillery Regiment dived into a ditch to avoid the oncoming vehicle in Varces-Allières-et-Risset, near Grenoble.

Gendarmerie have sent out patrols nearby to check number plates. The car is reportedly a Peugeot.

Police are not yet speculating about a motive for the attack.

The incident follows a hostage-taking at a supermarket in the southwest town of Trèbes, near Carcassonne, on 23 March.

A memorial service was held in Paris on Wednesday for Lt Col Arnaud Beltrame, a police officer who died after swapping himself for a hostage in the attack.

He and the three other victims will be laid to rest on Thursday. The 25-year-old gunman, who said he was acting on behalf of the Islamic State group, was shot dead by police in the siege.

President Emmanuel Macron at the service gave Lt Col Beltrame a posthumous Legion d’Honneur – France’s highest award.

“To be willing to die so that innocent people continue to live, this is the heart of a soldier’s promise,” Mr Macron said in his eulogy.



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