Driver tries to run over soldiers in southeast France

  • Driver tried to run over soldiers in Varces, near Grenoble, southeast France
  • Man reportedly drove a stolen Peugeot and sped off from the scene

French police have detained a man in Grenoble after a group of soldiers were almost hit by a car while jogging near their barracks.

According to Express Newsline, the troops of the 93rd Mountain Artillery Regiment, who were out on their morning jog outside their base in Varces-Allières-et-Risset, in the French Alps, had to jump into a ditch to avoid the vehicle heading towards them.

The driver and his female passenger has been circling the barracks in Varces-Allieres-et-Risset, near Grenoble, at around 8am in the morning; shouting threats at soldiers jogging outside.

The driver, according to reports, tried to ram his vehicle into the French military.

The incident comes nearly a week after an Islamic extremist shot at police in southern France and took hostages in a supermarket. Four people died before the attacker was gunned down.