Man drives car into crowd in southern France, wounding two

A masked and armed special forces member secures the street outside the courthouse during the departure of Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam after his first hearing before French judges in Paris France

The incident occurred shortly after 1:30 am in front of the bar L'instant T many people were in front of the establishment for this first night of feria celebrations.

Two people standing behind the barriers received slight injuries to their legs.

The driver of the auto was arrested at the scene of the incident, the motives of the crime are still unknown.

Witnesses reportedly heard the driver shouting "Allahu Akbar", but there is no official confirmation of a terrorist attack so far.

Although few details about the identity of the suspect are known, police sources reported by Midi Libre state he is believed to have deliberately wanted to hit a crowd of people with his vehicle.

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Local prosecutors said that the man was suffering from "relative mental confusion" and had been taken to hospital.

Police in southern France arrested a man on suspicion of attempted murder after he allegedly sent his auto into pedestrians.

A police spokeswoman said she had no information about the man's motives but noted that the investigation is being handled by regular police, not anti-terror investigators who step in when terrorism is suspected.

France has been on high alert following a string of jihadist attacks in recent years.

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