Girl Killed After Car Rams Into Sidewalk Cafe Outside of Paris

French officials say the driver clearly acted intentionally, but there is no reason to suspect a terrorist motive

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French police said a 12-year-old girl was killed and at least five people were injured Monday night when a driver slammed his car into the sidewalk cafe of a pizza restaurant in a small town east of Paris.

An official with the national gendarme service said the driver was arrested soon after the incident, which took place in the town of Sept-Sorts.

French officials said the driver who steered into patrons of a pizza restaurant east of Paris clearly acted intentionally, but they have no reason so far to suspect a terrorist motive.

A judicial official said that the Paris prosecutor's office, which oversees French terrorism investigations, was not involved in the case because there was no proof of terrorism at this stage. 

"I cannot tell you that terrorism has been discounted, but it is not the leading line of inquiry at this point. The first indications don't point towards terrorism," spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet told BFM TV.

France's Interior Ministry said the man was apparently suicidal and the incident is not believed linked to terrorism. Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said on BFM television that the man was born in 1985 and was believed to have tried to commit suicide last week.

A security official said there is no evidence of a political or Islamic extremist motive.

An Algerian man drove his car 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.