The Latest: French prime minister says suspect arrested

PARIS — The Latest on an attack on soldiers in a Paris suburb (all times local):

3:45 p.m.

France’s prime minister says the “principal suspect” in a car attack on soldiers has been arrested.

Speaking to lawmakers, Edouard Philippe said the man was apprehended on a highway near Boulogne-sur-Mer in northern France, and was driving the car used in Wednesday’s attack, but gave no other details.

Philippe also said that despite a “high threat” against France, the government is sticking to plans to lift a 21-month state of emergency.

He insisted that a new government bill enshrining permanent counterterrorism measures would be enough to replace the state of emergency, imposed after deadly Islamic extremist attacks in November 2015. The bill is currently under parliamentary debate, ahead of an expected end to the state of emergency Nov. 1.

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3 p.m.

A French official says police have arrested the chief suspect in a car attack on soldiers, and the man was wounded in a gunfight during his capture.

The judicial official said the man was the driver of a BMW that rammed into a group of soldiers Wednesday in the Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret. Six soldiers were injured in the attack.

The official provided no other information about the suspect or his condition. Two police officials said the arrest occurred on the A16 highway in northern France.

The officials weren’t authorized to

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