An alleged drunk driver killed two Paris police officers on Thursday after slamming his black Land Rover into their cruiser during a high-speed chase.
Police vehicles attempted to intercept the 22-year-old driver, who according to police sources had been convicted five times previously of driving without a licence, after his 4x4 was seen driving erratically early Thursday.
Police gave chase when he attempted to escape and during the pursuit he drove the Land Rover at high speed into a police car attempting to block his path on the ring road around Paris.
The two officers, aged 32 and 40 and both married with children, were killed in the collision. Another officer, aged 54, was in critical condition.
The driver was behind the wheel without a licence and was found to be nearly three times above the legal alcohol limit. A 21-year-old passenger in the Land Rover was also found to be above the limit.
The driver was being held by police and faces charges of voluntary homicide of a police officer.
Senior officials including President Francois Hollande expressed their condolences over the deaths.