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Girl killed as car rams pizzeria in village near Paris

Police officers patrol in front of the scene of a car crash into a pizza restaurant on August 15, 2017 in Sept-Sorts Image copyright AFP
Image caption The driver is thought to have rammed the car deliberately into the pizzeria

A car has crashed into a pizzeria in a village east of the French capital Paris, killing a 13-year-old girl and injuring 13 other people.

The driver of the BMW was arrested after the vehicle rammed the terrace of the cafe in Sept-Sorts, near the town of La Ferté-sous-Jouarre.

An interior ministry spokesman told the BBC the driver was 32 and French.

While his actions are said to have been deliberate, the incident is not being treated as a terror attack.

Five of the injured were said to be in a serious condition. The three-year-old brother of the girl who died was fighting for his life in hospital in Paris.

Authorities said the driver had tried to kill himself on Sunday. It appears he had no previous criminal record.

According to RTL radio, he told police he had weapons in the car.

First reports gave the age of the dead girl as eight, but later she was said to be 13.

The incident in Sept-Sorts, a small village 55km (34 miles) east of Paris, happened at around 20:15 (18:15 GMT).

"Half of the car entered the restaurant and knocked down all the customers and staff in its way," a soldier was quoted as saying by Le Parisien website.

France and a number of other countries have seen deadly vehicle attacks on civilians, notably in the French city of Nice on Bastille Day 2016 when 84 people were killed.

Last week, a man rammed a group of soldiers in Paris, injuring six of them, before being shot and wounded by police as he tried to escape.

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