Paris, Aug 9 (AFP) A car slammed into soldiers on patrol outside Paris today, injuring six people, two of them seriously, police said. Also Read - 'Outstanding': French Envoy to India Praises Rafale, Photography of Jets on Landing Prohibited

The vehicle took off after the incident, which took place at about 8:00 AM (1130 IST) in the northwestern suburb of Levallois-Perret. Also Read - 'Always With You': France's Message to India on 21st Anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas

Police described the incident as an “apparently deliberate act”. Also Read - Secret British Graffiti Artist Banksy's Stolen Mural Returned to France From Italian Farmhouse on Bastille Day

France has been under a state of emergency since November 2015 and has seen a string of attacks on security forces who have been regularly targeted, particularly those guarding key tourist sites.

An 18-year-old with a history of psychological problems was arrested on Saturday at the Eiffel Tower after brandishing a knife.

He told investigators he wanted to kill a soldier, sources close to the case told AFP.

In February, a man armed with a machete attacked four soldiers on patrol at Paris’s Louvre Museum, while in April another extremist shot and killed a policeman on the Champs Elysees.

In June, a 40-year-old Algeria doctorate student who had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group attacked a policeman with a hammer outside Notre Dame cathedral. (AFP) CPS

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