A cyclist was killed after being struck by a bus in Cap d’Ail late on Tuesday morning, shortly after 11:30 am, local French language daily Monaco-Matin reported.
The accident happened on the Basse Corniche close to the Gendarmerie in Cap d'Ail. The victim, a man in his sixties, died instantly after being struck by the vehicle travelling from Monaco towards Nice. He had been going in the opposite direction.
According to a witness: “The cyclist first hit the car he was following and had just braked." He crashed and his head crossed the white line. As the bus passed, his head was crushed by the back wheel of the bus.”
A judicial inquiry was opened to establish the precise circumstances of the accident.
Specially-trained undercover members of France’s elite Republican Guard have been travelling on certain TGV trains in an experimental deployment. The scheme lasted one and a half months and came to an end at the close of 2017.
Called “Train Marshalls”, the armed soldiers travelled on certain routes that had been identified as more likely targets for terrorists. However, only three teams of two officers were deployed, meaning that at any given time only a small fraction of TGV routes were covered.
The scheme will now be evaluated for its usefulness. Any further use of the special teams is likely to be influenced by manpower considerations and the fact that anti-terror officers are thinly spread.