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Police in Paris shot dead two people and injured a third as a car refused to stop at a checkpoint on the oldest bridge in the French capital and sped towards officers amid protests against Emmanuel Macron’s re-election. 

The bloodbath happened on the ancient Pont Neuf, in the centre of the city, soon after Emmanuel Macron’s re-election as President on Sunday night.

‘A car came rushing towards police soon after midnight, and refused to stop,’ said an investigating source.

‘One of the police officers opened fire, killing two people and wounding a third.’

In the early hours of Monday morning, an examining magistrate attended the scene, which was closed to traffic.

The IGNP investigations unit – one that deals with potential crimes carried out by the police – also attended.

Police investigate the site of a shooting where two people were shot by police in Paris on Sunday night

Police investigate the site of a shooting where two people were shot by police in Paris on Sunday night

Police investigate the site of a shooting where two people were shot by police in Paris on Sunday night 

The vehicle was driving against traffic on the Pont Neuf in Paris on Sunday night, and was trying to hit the officers, who then opened fire, according to a police source

The vehicle was driving against traffic on the Pont Neuf in Paris on Sunday night, and was trying to hit the officers, who then opened fire, according to a police source

The vehicle was driving against traffic on the Pont Neuf in Paris on Sunday night, and was trying to hit the officers, who then opened fire, according to a police source

Police at the scene confirmed that the wounded person was a woman who had been travelling in the back of the car, and bullets hit her in the arm.

She was rushed to the Pitié-Saplêtrière hospital ‘for urgent treatment,’ said the investigating source.

All of the shots were thought to have been fired by a police-issue Heckler & Koch G36 assault rifle.

There was no return of fire from those inside the car, none of whom was thought to be armed.

‘It seems that they were simply in a car that was being driven erratically,’ said the source.

There were no early clues pointing to a link with the presidential election, or any terrorist acts.

A security perimeter had been set up at the scene in the heart of the capital where a judge was expected to arrive

A security perimeter had been set up at the scene in the heart of the capital where a judge was expected to arrive

A security perimeter had been set up at the scene in the heart of the capital where a judge was expected to arrive

An investigation has been launched for ‘attempted voluntary manslaughter on persons in charge of public authority’. 

A security perimeter has been set up at the scene in the heart of the capital and the public prosecutor Laure Beccuau arrived shortly after.

France’s police oversight body, the General Inspectorate of the National Police, is also expected to be deployed, as is typical following an officer’s use of a firearm.   

A witness told Le Figaro: ‘A car was parked in the wrong direction along the Vert-Galant square on the Pont Neuf. The police approached to control the individuals present in the vehicle by pointing automatic weapons at him.

‘The driver rushed off towards the police at full speed. The police fired immediately.’

Earlier on Sunday, several hundred demonstrators took to the streets in some French cities, including Paris, to protest Macron’s re-election and Le Pen’s score. 

Police used tear gas to disperse gatherings in the capital and the western city of Rennes.

It is not known if the incident involving the car was related to the earlier protests. 

Earlier on Sunday, protesters participated in a demonstration at Place de la Republique in Paris after the announcement of the French presidential election winner. It is not known if the incident involving the car was related to the earlier protests

Earlier on Sunday, protesters participated in a demonstration at Place de la Republique in Paris after the announcement of the French presidential election winner. It is not known if the incident involving the car was related to the earlier protests

Earlier on Sunday, protesters participated in a demonstration at Place de la Republique in Paris after the announcement of the French presidential election winner. It is not known if the incident involving the car was related to the earlier protests

Hundreds of people took to the streets to protest against Macron's victory over Marine Le Pen in the French presidential election

Hundreds of people took to the streets to protest against Macron's victory over Marine Le Pen in the French presidential election

Hundreds of people took to the streets to protest against Macron’s victory over Marine Le Pen in the French presidential election

Parisians gather at Place de la Republique to take part in a protest on Sunday night

Parisians gather at Place de la Republique to take part in a protest on Sunday night

Parisians gather at Place de la Republique to take part in a protest on Sunday night

Source: Daily Mail

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