A man deliberately rammed a vehicle into three Chinese students near the French city of Toulouse on Friday, leaving one of them in a serious condition, police sources said.
The driver, a 28-year-old man, was arrested immediately afterwards in the city's Blagnac suburb. He had acted “deliberately” but was not on a list of known extremists, one source said, asking not to be named.
He was known to police for committing minor offences,
France has been victim of a series of vehicle attacks by extremists inspired by the ISIS group, but there was no immediate confirmation of the driver’s identity or motive.
The BFM news channel said the man was known to police for previous non-terror crimes and officers were checking reports he suffered from majorpsychological problems.
All three of Friday's victims were in their twenties, with a 23-year-old woman the most seriously injured and two men aged 22 and 23 also hurt. The first reports from the scene suggested two of them had been seriously injured.
In July last year, a Tunisian man ploughed a 19-tonne truck into a crowd in the southern city of Nice, killing 86 people.
Toulouse in southwest France is the home of the Airbus plane manufacturer.