French police say a 13-year-old girl was killed and at least five people were injured 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 Monday night in the town of Sept-Sorts.
French officials say the driver clearly acted intentionally, but they have no reason so far to suspect a terrorist motive.
France's Interior Ministry says the man who drove the car 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.
Brandet said a young girl was killed and four people were injured in a condition of "absolute emergency." He said eight others were slightly injured.
A judicial official said Monday night 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.
A security official said there is no evidence of a political or Islamic extremist motive.
But both officials say authorities view the driver's actions as intentional. They were not authorized to be publicly named.
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. Several other countries have seen cars used as weapons in recent years.
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