Paris police shoot at car that attempted to crash through Tour de France barriers

The incident took place on the finishing circuit of stage 21 on the Place de la Concords, with the occupants of the car escaping afterwards

The peloton on the Champs Elysees in Paris on stage twenty of the 2012 Tour de France

(Image credit: Watson)

Shots were fired in Paris on Sunday on the final circuit of stage 21 of the 2015 Tour de France, as French police attempted to apprehend two people in a car that were trying to crash through the barriers on the route.

A police official confirmed shortly after the incident, that took place at 11am local time on the road around the public square, that shots had been fired after the vehicle rammed the barriers at high-speed and that the two males inside had escaped with the car. Police are continuing their hunt for those involved and there are no reported injuries.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).