French auto attack driver said probably on drugs

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But others, including a 3-year-old boy who was flown by helicopter to a Paris children's hospital, are out of immediate danger, he added.

A CANNABIS-smoking security guard was today identified as the would-be killer who drove his auto into a packed restaurant terrace near Paris. A32 year-old man, thought to be "depressive" and "unstable", was behind the wheel and drove deliberately into a pizzeria hurting several diners, according to the police.

A 44-year-old woman who was among the gravely injured is still in danger, the prosecutor said.

French national police, the Gendarmerie Nationale, posted on Twitter that it was investigating.

A police official said authorities were not searching for accomplices, and a security official said there was no evidence of a political or Islamic extremist motive.

The man who deliberately drove his vehicle into diners at a pizzeria outside Paris told investigators he had a long history of medical drug abuse and wanted to be sent to prison for safety, a French prosecutor said on Tuesday.

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Brandet said a young girl was killed and four people were injured in a condition of "absolute emergency".

The targeted pizzeria is in a shopping zone in the small town of Sept-Sorts, about 65 kilometres (40 miles) east of Paris near Champagne country. Brandet said the man was not known to intelligence or police.

The incident came five days after a auto rammed an army patrol in a Paris suburb, injuring six soldiers. The prosecutor again ruled out terrorism as a motive.

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

An Algerian man drove his vehicle into a group of French soldiers last week, and a truck attack in the French city of Nice left 86 people dead a little more than a year ago.

- By Angela Charlton in Paris.

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