A police officer is in a life-threatening condition after a gang of youths armed with Molotov cocktails firebombed his patrol car.1fireThe 28-year-old police officer has suffered “very serious burns on the hands and the entire body” after his car was surrounded by 15 youths in a Paris housing estate. He has been placed in an induced coma and his condition is reported as “critical”.

The police officer and his 39-year-old female partner were on patrol when they were surrounded. His partner also suffered burns to hands and face.

Two other officers arrived as back-up and their car was attacked and the pair were injured. The attack happened close to a notorious high rise estate.