Paris Police Cordon Off Champs Elysees After Car-ramming Incident

Car Rams Police Vehicle, Explodes on Paris' Champs-Elysees

Car Rams Police Vehicle, Explodes on Paris' Champs-Elysees

Update 16:45pm: A driver who rammed a vehicle carrying explosives into a police convoy on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris has died after the "attempted attack" on security forces, France's interior minister said.

The car's driver, whose identity was not released, was killed in the incident, said Gerard Collomb, France's interior minister, speaking to reporters at the scene.

The alleged attacker's vehicle reportedly burst into flames after the crash; police, who had fired on the driver, pulled the driver's body from the blazing auto, one French journalist reported witnessing.

The incident came just two months after a policeman was shot and killed on the world-renowned avenue, popular with both locals and tourists.

The man, who is in custody at a south London police station, was arrested earlier on suspicion of attempted murder. Footage recorded shortly afterwards at the site, a short walk from the Elysee presidential palace and the USA embassy, showed yellow smoke billowing from the auto.

As The Two-Way has reported, a man opened fire on police in April killing one officer and wounding two others.

"This once again shows that the threat level in France is extremely high", Collomb told journalists near the scene.

No police officers or passers-by were hurt, the Paris police department said.

Witnesses say they heard shots fired and saw smoke coming from a vehicle shortly after the auto crashed into the police van.

"We were waiting to cross the street and suddenly heard an explosion and the auto was in flames", said Eugenio Morcilla, who captured video after the collision.

The ramming attack on a Gendarmerie vehicle in Paris was intentional, the perpetrator was armed, French officials said Monday.

"The show must go on", the daughter said in English.

Collomb will introduce a proposal to extend the state of emergency in France at a meeting of ministers on Wednesday.

The man, who was known to French security services, died in the incident and the Paris prosecutor's counter-terrorism unit said it had opened an investigation. But both agree that, as Victoria says, "Unfortunately, we now are used to this".

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