Tom Parfitt and Peter Allen, Express, October 9, 2016
A dozen masked thugs set four French police officers on fire yesterday after launching petrol bombs at their cars.
The officers were in patrol on the Grande Borne–a notorious housing estate in Paris–at the time of the sickening incident.
Eyewitnesses said they were “attacked from all sides” by the cowardly mob, who have yet to be identified.
The victims are currently being treated at a nearby hospital.
A police source said: “Assailants in a group of around a dozen threw Molotov cocktails at the car.
“Two of the officers were very badly burned and rushed to intensive care units. Two others received hospital treatment.
“The other officers hurt managed to call reinforcements who turned up to secure the area.”
French President Francois Hollande condemned the violence, which took place at 3pm local time (2pm BST) on Saturday.
He said: “Everything will be done to find the perpetrators of this attack and bring them to justice.”
The incident was “unspeakable” because it “endangered the lives of officers whose job was to protect the population”, he added.
Prime Minister Manuel Valls called the attack–believed to have been carried out by a drug gang–“extremely serious and very cowardly”.
And local mayor Jean-Marie Vilain said: “The next step will be to go inside Grande Borne to put an end to all the drug dealing.”
The attack comes during a state of emergency put in place across France following a string of Islamic State terror attacks.
Warped jihadists slaughtered 130 people across Paris last November, while 86 people were killed in Nice while celebrating Bastille Day in July.
Protests against the government over employment reform has also seen a series of savage attacks on police officers.
Grande Borne, a housing project that was built in the 1960s, is now officially classed as a “sensitive security area”.