Paris: Just hours after French President Emmanuel Macron was re-elected, police in downtown Paris opened fire on a car speeding towards them, killing two persons inside, according to a police source.
Shortly after midnight, the car was travelling on Paris’s oldest standing bridge, the Pont Neuf, when it refused to halt at a police checkpoint. According to the same police source, as it approached the policemen, they fired fire.
According to the source, two of the vehicle’s occupants were killed and a third was injured.
According to media accounts, a strong police presence arrived on the site in the centre of the capital, where white sheets covered the dead and a Volkswagen vehicle was spotted bisecting traffic lanes.
On the Champ de Mars park, French President Emmanuel Macron was celebrating his victory over far-right competitor Marine Le Pen with a mob of supporters less than two kilometres (1.2 miles) away.
His victory brought an end to a tense campaign that saw the French extreme right come the closest to capturing the president it has ever come.
There has been no relation discovered between the bridge catastrophe and the events of election night.
El Sammak, an Egyptian tourist, claimed he was close the shooting on the terrace of the White Horse Hotel overlooking the Seine when he heard the gunshots.
“I heard four bullets (being fired),” he told media. “When I looked, I saw a man running 10 or 15 metres. Then he collapsed. Apparently, he was not the driver but a passenger.”
An investigation has been launched for “attempted voluntary manslaughter on persons in charge of public authority”.
Laure Beccuau, the Paris prosecutor, arrived at 1:30 a.m. (2330 GMT).