(Reuters) - A car plowed into the outdoor terrace of a pizzeria in the small town of Sept-Sorts east of Paris on Monday, killing a 12-year-old girl and seriously injuring several other people.
The driver deliberately targeted the diners, said a local prosecutor who announced he was ruling out terrorism and opening a murder investigation.
"There is no doubt that he voluntarily decided to create what happened," prosecutor Eric de Valroger told reporters at the scene of the incident.
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No weapon was found in the vehicle, the prosecutor added.
Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet told Reuters the driver was a "depressive" aged 32 and described him as an unstable character.
The incident occurred on a warm summer's evening on the eve of a national holiday and witnesses said the outdoor eating area was busy.
A photograph published on social media showed a gray BMW car surrounded by upturned tables in the outdoor seating area of a restaurant. Reuters could not immediately verify the authenticity of the image.
Brandet said five victims were being treated in hospital for life-threatening injuries. Eight others suffered minor injuries and seven were treated for shock.
"Everyone on the terrace was hit," one witness told BFM TV.
A police source said the driver lived in a neighboring village to Sept-Sorts, about 41 km (25.6 miles) to the east of Paris, and had tried to commit suicide on Sunday.
The incident occurred less than a week after an Algerian national was arrested on suspicion of deliberately ramming a hire car into a group of soldiers on a patrol in the Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret, injuring six of them.
The soldiers were part of Operation Sentinel, launched in the wake of Islamist attacks in Paris in early 2015. The Levallois-Perret attack was the 15th on troops and police in the last two-and-a-half years, many of them Islamic State-inspired.
(Reporting by Richard Lough, Yves Clarisse and Danielle Rouquie; editing by Mark Heinrich, Larry King)