A driver rammed a vehicle carrying weapons and explosives into a police van as it drove down Paris' Champs Elysees avenue on Monday, officials said, adding that the man died in the incident and the situation was under control. He said they were in London shortly after the recent big attack there.
Police vehicles prevent the access to the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, France, Monday, June 19, 2017. They came in from the suburb of Cergy-Pontoise for a Paris visit and weren't afraid to go to the famed avenue.
The suspect is wearing a white shirt and dark shorts and prone on his stomach on the avenue.
The suspect - who was badly burned - died in the attack and a handgun was later found on him.
"We were waiting to cross the street and suddenly heard an explosion and the vehicle was in flames", said Eugenio Morcilla, who captured video after the collision. He also confirmed that the attacker is dead.
Mr Collomb said the man's auto was carrying weapons and explosives that could have caused a blast.
As The Two-Way has reported, a man opened fire on police in April killing one officer and wounding two others.
"The show must go on", her daughter says in English.
The man died after ramming a auto into a police van on the prestigious avenue.
The incident occurred nearly two months to the day after a policeman was shot and killed nearby in the runup to the first round of France's presidential election.
Mr Brandet said bomb squads were still securing the scene.
- Last month, a man attacked an officer with a hammer at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, proclaiming, "This is for Syria", Collomb said.
The French national gendarmerie service says the driver of a auto that rammed a law enforcement vehicle has been arrested.
Police initially told the public to avoid the area following the incident which led armed security personnel to descend on the area.
The reason for the operation remains unclear.
In one of the most controversial moves of his young presidency, Emmanuel Macron has advocated enshrining certain of the state emergency's special police powers into French law.