PARIS — A motorist deliberately drove his car into two police motorcyclists on patrol in a Paris suburb on Monday, gravely injuring both, police unions said.
The assault took place in Colombes, in the northwestern outskirts of Paris.
Video footage circulating on social media and on the website of a newspaper, Le Parisien, showed one motorbike sandwiched between the crumpled hoods of a police car and a black BMW. Debris from a second bike lay strewn on the road.
“Two police motorcyclists in a serious condition after being deliberately hit in Colombes by an individual who also rammed a police car. Thoughts with our colleagues,” the Synergie-Officiers union wrote on Twitter.
A suspect was taken into custody, according to the newspaper Libération.
The French interior minister, Christophe Castaner, hailed the response of officers who gave first aid to their comrades at the scene.
Police sources called the collision a deliberate act. Sources familiar with the investigation said the perpetrator had targeted the officers to avenge events in Palestine.
France’s terrorism prosecutor has so far not been called on to lead the investigation.
France has suffered major attacks by Islamist militants. Police officers and soldiers have been targeted on multiple occasions in recent years.
In October, an information technology assistant at police headquarters in central Paris went on a knife rampage inside the building, killing four people before he was shot dead.