Driver rams car into police vehicle in Paris

Champs-Elysees attacker dead car contained ‘number of firearms and explosives

Champs-Elysees attacker dead car contained ‘number of firearms and explosives

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

Some magistrates and human rights groups have protested in recent weeks against the proposal that would enshrine in ordinary law measures now in place under the state of emergency.

France is now in a state of emergency after being hit by a wave of deadly terror attacks in recent years.

French police say an attacker whose auto exploded as he tried to ram a police vehicle on the Champs-Elysees shopping district in Paris on Monday was killed in the attempt.

Eighty-six people died in a truck attack on a crowd in Nice previous year and similar incidents have occurred in other European cities.

A auto exploded as it crashed into a police vehicle on Paris's famed Champs Élysées on Monday, fatally wounding its driver, in what authorities called a probably terrorist attack.

Collomb said Monday's incident shows that France remains at high risk of a terrorist attack.

France also has a history of deadly vehicle attacks: In July 2016, an Islamic State-inspired assailant plowed through crowds gathered to celebrate Bastille Day, the national holiday, on a seaside promenade in Nice, killing 86.

The gendarmes broke open the windows and pulled the occupant from inside, while others attempted to extinguish the flames. The Paris police bomb squad, immediately summoned to the site, helped extinguish the flames.

The Champs-Elysees was the site of a fatal police shooting by an extremist earlier this year.

Police say a 31-year-old man who rammed a vehicle carrying explosives into a police convoy on the Champs-Elysees had previously been flagged for extremism. France's anti-terrorism prosecutor opened an investigation.

The attacker is familiar to the police services since he was reportedly in the list of persons potentially unsafe to the national security, according to the local media.

"It appears to have been a deliberate act on the part of the individual", said Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet.

Authorities advised people to avoid the area.

Morcilla, who was in Paris on vacation with his girlfriend, took video of the aftermath of the attack.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation into Monday's incident.

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