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Three injured after car 'deliberately rammed' into students in French city of Toulouse

Police at the scene in Toulouse. Credit: APTN

Three Chinese students have been injured, one of them seriously, after a car "deliberately" rammed into them in Toulouse.

A French prosecutor said the driver claimed he had acted deliberately and had been arrested at the scene in Blagnac, a suburb in the city in the south of France.

Pierre-Yves Couilleau added that the arrested 28-year-old was known to have "psychiatric" problems and had been released from a court-ordered hospital stay in December 2016.

Toulouse is in the south of France. Credit: Google Maps

Mr Couilleau continued that the man was known to police for around 10 minor crimes and was not listed on a French register of people suspected of being radicalised by extremists.

The case has not been referred to France's counter-terrorism prosecutors.

All three of the injured students were using a pedestrian crossing when they were hit by the car.

A 23-year-old woman is said to be the most seriously injured, while two men aged 22 and 23 were also hurt.

None of the injuries are said to be life-threatening.

Jean-Luc Moudenc, the mayor of Toulouse tweeted that he was "shocked by the aggression against students in Blagnac. We provide all our support to their loved ones."