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    Ten people have been hurt and four of them have sustained seriously injuries in yet another incident in France where an enraged driver plowed his vehicle into a crowd of pedestrians

    This photo provided Monday, Dec. 22, 2014 by local newspaper Le Bien Public shows rescue workers tending at victims after a driver deliberately slammed into passersby in several spots in Dijon, central France, Sunday Dec. 21, 2014
    © AP Photo / Christian Guileminot; Le Bien Public
    MOSCOW, December 23 (Sputnik) – Ten people were hurt and four of them sustained seriously injuries when a minivan crashed into a Christmas market in the French city of Nantes on Monday.

    The driver then seriously wounded himself when he attempted to stab himself at least nine times, AFP quotes a source close to the investigation as saying.

    The incident happened at about 7 p.m. when many people were visiting the market, shopping for their Christmas gifts.

    The crash occurred a day after a mentally unstable man shouting "Allahu Akbar" deliberately drove into a crowd of pedestrians in the French city of Dijon, injuring at least eleven people.

    It has become the third in a chain of similar attacks targeting civilians or security officers.

    On Saturday a 20-year-old man was fatally shot by police after stabbing three officers in a rampage at a police station. He also shouted "Allahu Akbar".

    Authorities were quick to stress there were no apparent terrorist motives in the Christmas market attack, according to AFP.

    “We cannot speak of a terrorist act," the agency quotes local prosecutor Brigitte Lamy as telling reporters at the scene of the latest incident, saying that initial evidence pointed instead to an "isolated case".

    Police and rescue crews in France
    © REUTERS / Stephane Mahe
    Police and rescue crews in France

    Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the attacker appeared to be "unbalanced" and not motivated by politics or religion.

    President Francois Hollande has asked the Prime Minister to convene an emergency cabinet meeting on Tuesday to discuss the attacks.

    Hollande has urged the French public not to panic, while Prime Minister Manuel Valls reiterated an appeal for 'cool-headedness'.


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