A man was arrested yesterday after trying to drive his vehicle into a crowd outside a mosque in Paris.

The incident took place at about 6.30pm local time in the Créteil suburb of the French capital and no-one was hurt.

The man was apparently thwarted by barriers put up to protect the mosque, the BBC reported.

A police statement said the suspect’s 4×4 vehicle repeatedly struck bollards and barriers designed to protect the mosque in the south-eastern suburb.

The car sped off but crashed and the man fled before being arrested shortly afterwards.

The suspect’s motives remain unclear but Le Parisien newspaper reported that he was of Armenian origin and had said he wanted to avenge Islamist-linked attacks in Paris.

Europe has seen a number of vehicle attacks in the past year, many by those claiming allegiance to IS.

France remains under a state of emergency, in place since attacks on the capital in November 2015, including at the Bataclan theatre, claimed 130 lives.

In April, a gunman killed police officer Xavier Jugelé on the Champs-Élysées before being shot dead. A note defending IS was found near his body.