French driver attack not a terrorist act, says prosecutor

Policemen collect evidence on Dec 21, 2014 in Dijon on the site where a driver shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is great) ploughed into a crowd injuring 11 people, two seriously, a source close to the investigation said. -- PHOTO: AFP
Policemen collect evidence on Dec 21, 2014 in Dijon on the site where a driver shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is great) ploughed into a crowd injuring 11 people, two seriously, a source close to the investigation said. -- PHOTO: AFP

DIJON, France (AFP) - A French driver who shouted "Allahu Akbar" as he ploughed into passers-by suffered from severe psychiatric problems, a prosecutor said Monday, insisting the incident that left 13 hurt was "not a terrorist act".

"It is absolutely not a terrorist act," Marie-Christine Tarare told reporters in the eastern town of Dijon, adding that the man had a "long-lasting and severe psychological disorder".