The UKIP leader claims police suspect his car was sabotaged after a wheel fell off the vehicle while he was driving.

Nigel Farage has said that police are investigating a possible assassination attempt after a wheel on his Volvo became loose while he was driving along a busy French road.

The UKIP leader claims all four wheels of his car were found to be loose after the “frightening” crash near Dunkirk.

He described how lost control of the car, before being forced to flee the vehicle and jump over a barrier to avoid oncoming traffic on the busy road.

“It was in the middle of bloody nowhere, and I was caught in a very bad position,” he told The Mail On Sunday.

“There was a huge section of roadworks with cars going back and forth on the same side of the carriageway.

“I suddenly realised I was losing steering but there was no hard shoulder to pull on to. I slowed down, put the hazards on and then one of the wheels came off,” he explained.

“I jumped over the wall as quickly as I bloody well could to get away from lorries and everything.”

However, although both French police and mechanics allegedly told the politician that the incident was due to a “malicious act”, he decided to take no “further action”.

“The French police and mechanics looked at it but I have made no formal complaint,” he said.

“The mechanics were absolutely certain of (foul play) but I have decided to take no further action.”

The controversial figure is no stranger to life-threatening situations.

In 1985, he was hit by a car after a night, which resulted in him nearly losing his leg and spending 11 months in hospital.

On May 6 2010 – the morning of the general election – Farage was travelling in a two-seater PZL-104 Wilga aircraft with a pro-UKIP banner attached, when the plane crashed.

Farage suffered injuries to his sternum and ribs, as well as a punctured lung punctured.

The Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) report said that the UKIP banner, caught in the tailplane, forcing the nose of the aircraft down.

He claimed last month that he had been “proven right” after calling for people with HIV to be banned from the UK, claiming that “HIV sufferers” have been hit by a drug shortage because of migration.

A spokesperson for NHS England confirmed: “We have not been made aware of any capacity or drug shortage issues in HIV clinics.”