21 December 2014
Last updated at 23:36
The driver targeted people at five locations in Dijon
A driver shouting the Islamic phrase “God is great” in Arabic has run down pedestrians in Dijon, France, injuring 11, two seriously, French media say.
He was arrested after targeting pedestrians in five different parts of the city in the space of half an hour.
He is said to be “apparently imbalanced” and to have spent time in a psychiatric hospital.
French police shot dead a man on Saturday after he attacked them with a knife, also shouting “God is great”.
The lives of the two people seriously injured in Dijon are not said to be in danger.
Witnesses told police the driver, aged around 40, had also said he was “acting for the children of Palestine”, an unnamed source close to the investigation told AFP news agency.
A spokesman for the interior ministry told French TV he believed the attacker had been acting alone.
The driver has been known to police for minor incidents dating back 20 years, he added.
The French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, tweeted (in French) to express his “solidarity” with the victims.
The driver was known to police and had a minor criminal record
The incident in Dijon comes a day after a man attacked police with a knife in Tours
In Saturday’s incident, a man injured three police officers in the city of Tours before being shot dead.
Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told French TV the man had been “very unstable”.
Anti-terrorism investigators have opened an inquiry into the attack.
France has the largest number of Muslims in western Europe – estimated at between five and six million.
There have been a number of “lone wolf” attacks by Islamists in recent years
- Last year, a convert to Islam stabbed a soldier in Paris
- The main suspect in the murder of four people at a Belgian museum this year is a French-born man who spent a year fighting in Syria
- In 2012, Mohammed Merah shot dead seven people in the city of Toulouse before being killed himself in a police siege