The arrest comes after six soldiers were struck and injured earlier this morning when a driver deliberately ploughed into them as they were patrolling a Paris suburb.
One of the officials described the arrest as violent, and confirmed police opened fire on the suspect.
French police hunting a driver who rammed a vehicle into a group of soldiers in Paris early Wednesday, August 9, 2017, morning have shot, wounded and arrested a man on a highway north of the city.
The man appeared to have lain in wait for the soldiers in a pedestrian zone near their base in Levallois-Perret on the northwestern edge of the capital where France's domestic counter-terrorism agency is based.
A French official described the man as the chief suspect in the auto attack and said he was wounded in gunfight. Witnesses to both incidents report that both men - who have never been publicly identified - scream "Allahu Akbar" as they race toward their respective targets but authorities said in both cases the men were mentally ill. One policeman suffered minor injuries.
While the investigation is still ongoing, there has been no suspect nor a disclosure of the motive of the driver as both the driver and the cars whereabouts is unknown.
The street is normally protected by retractable posts that are removed when vehicles move in and out, so the driver must have known exactly when to strike, Veillant said.
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Nadia Lephrohon, resident of an apartment building directly above the scene, said she heard a boring thud and then soldiers shouting.
He explained: "I am glad to see that France is not as it were trying to exclude people by pointing them out or behind walls or barriers".
France has been under a state of emergency since major attacks in Paris in November 2015.
Macron has said that a state of emergency imposed after attacks in Paris in November 2015 will be allowed to lapse in November.
Bachir - who also uses the name Benlatreche - ploughed into a uniformed and heavily armed unit of the 35 Infantry Regiment as they took part in Operation Sentinel. Previous incidents took place in Paris's famous sights such as the Louvre, the Champs-Elysees, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Orly airport.
Levallois-Perret, where the incident occurred.