Policewoman Run Over Outside French President Francois Hollande's Home

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PARIS — A female police officer stationed outside the French president's residence was run over by a car late Wednesday. The incident follows three days of bloodshed in France last week at the hands of three gunmen who killed 17 people.

The Paris Prefecture Police told NBC News that a car was driving the wrong way down the street in front of Elysee Palace. It said the driver stopped, panicked, then hit the policewoman accidentally in an attempt to move. The female officer was lightly injured and two people have been arrested, police added. The incident appears to have been an accident with no links to terrorism or the events of last week and the attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine.

There was no immediate comment from French President Francois Hollande, who will speak Thursday at the opening of the “Revivals in the Arab World” forum the Institute of the Arab World, an organization dedicated to bridging gaps. The speech comes one week after the deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine and the same day that funerals will be held for two of its cartoonists, “Wolinksi” and Tignous.


— Nancy Ing and Cassandra Vinograd