At least six French soldiers have been injured after a vehicle ploughed into them in Paris, in what the city's mayor is calling a deliberate act. The driver is on the run.
The attack happened at the Place de Verdun in Levallois-Perret around 8:00 a.m. local time. Police have closed off the roads.
Investigators were also scouring through CCTV footage from the suburb, as police stopped motorists in the region as they searched for the attacker.
The street is normally guarded by posts that are removed when vehicles move in and out, so the driver must have known exactly when to strike, Veillant said.
French media reported that the six injured soldiers were taking part in Operation Sentinelle, which involves widespread army foot patrols as a deterrent measure after a series of terrorist attacks since early 2015.
Speaking to broadcaster BFM TV, Balkany said that what he called a "disgusting" act of aggression was "without any doubt" premeditated.
Speaking to lawmakers, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe confirmed that the suspect was apprehended on a highway in northern France, and was driving the auto used in the attack.
A probe has been ordered into "attempted killings.in relation to a terrorist undertaking", Paris prosecutors said in a statement.
According to the Reuters news agency, two of the soldiers were seriously injured and the other four were less badly hurt.
In a message posted to Twitter, Paris police said an "intervention is under way", with police still searching for the auto involved.
Balkany claimed that the BMW "had prepositioned itself in the cal-de-sack (where the barracks located) and barrelled into them", adding that "the vehicle had accelerated very quickly".
The wave of attacks in France has had a serious impact on tourism in the world's top tourist destination, but the industry has begun to recover as incidents have become more widespread and generally less deadly.
In April a policeman was shot dead by a man on the Champs-Elysées, who was later shot dead himself.