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Police open fire on car ‘trying to crash Tour de France barriers’

Loic Venance, AFP | Archive
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Paris police on Sunday opened fire on a car that tried to crash a barricade set up on Place de la Concorde ahead of the final arrival of the Tour de France cycling race, a police official said.

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The incident took place as the French capital was on maximum alert to welcome the final stage of the Tour de France.

Luc Poignant, a spokesman with the SGP police union, said officers were finishing setting up the barricades for the race when the car tried to crash through the barriers. Officers opened fire on the car, which ultimately made its escape. The car's two occupants apparently escaped unharmed.

The Place de la Concorde is located near several key official buildings, such as the Elysée Palace and the US embassy in Paris.

On Monday, a 16-year-old handed himself in to police and admitted to having smashed through the barriers.

"Investigations are underway to see if he was at the wheel," a legal source told AFP.

Another person has also come forward claiming to have been in the car when the incident took place.

Both have been remanded in custody.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP)
 

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