August 14, 2017 French police have confirmed that an 8-year-old girl was killed and at least seven other people were injured Monday when the driver of a vehicle intentionally crashed into a sidewalk cafe of a restaurant in Seine-et-Marne, near Paris.
The driver, described only as a 39-year-old man was taken into police custody at the scene. Witnesses say a dark colored BMW crashed into the terrace of the busy pizza restaurant.
The AFP reports that prosecutors in Paris believe the act was deliberate but there is no evidence the attack was an act of terrorism.
Worldwide, vehicle attacks have increased in recent years, including several in France. On August 9, six French soldiers were injured after they were hit by a rented BMW in a western Paris suburb. French Police later shot and wounded a an Algerian man suspected in the attack after a chase. In June, a car intentionally rammed a police van on the busy Champs-Elysees.
On Saturday, a White Supremacist sympathizer plowed into a group of protesters at a “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesvilles, Virginia, killing a 32-year-old woman and injuring 19 others. In May, a vehicle intentionally plowed onto a busy sidewalk in Manhattan’s Times Square, killing at least one person and injuring over a dozen others.
Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."