French Police find weapons cache in home of Champs Elysees attacker

Driver crashes into Paris police car, taken into custody

Driver crashes into Paris police car, taken into custody

"We were better off inside than outside", Chrystel said.

"By God's grace, we were able to protect him from harm", Mahmoud said.

"I'll go back to my hotel now", said Alexander Ferreira.

And in July past year, a radicalized Tunisian man knocked down and killed 86 people as he rammed a truck through a crowd watching Bastille Day fireworks in the Riviera city of Nice.

He added, "This shows, once again, the threat level in France is extremely high", Collomb said.

Paris has been on heightened alert for terrorism since the November 2015 coordinated terror attack in Paris in which Islamic extremists killed 130 people.

Four family members of a man killed after ramming his vehicle into a police convoy on Paris' Champs-Elysees are in custody.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation into Monday's incident. The man had a gun permit, which was granted shortly before he was flagged with authorities.

A 31-year-old man on a terrorist watchlist rammed a vehicle loaded with guns and a gas bottle into a police van on the Champs-Elysees Monday but inflicted no casualties, in the latest of a string of attacks in Paris, sources said.

No officers or members of the public were injured during the attack.

The incident came just two months after a policeman was shot and killed on the avenue, days before the first round of France's presidential election.

He said police broke the window and pulled the man from the vehicle while other police used fire extinguishers to put out the blaze.

The top headlines from JournalStar.com. The Paris police bomb squad, immediately summoned to the site, helped extinguish the flames.

France's anti-terrorism prosecutor has opened an investigation into the incident.

Police said that the driver of a Renault Megane passed out a convoy of gendarmerie vehicles before turning and crashing into the lead police van, at which point his auto caught fire.

The man set off a fiery blast when he drove his vehicle packed with arms and explosives into police.

The police conduct special operation on the Champs Elysees.

Two metro stations on the Champs-Elysees, one of the city's most popular neighbourhoods for tourists, have been closed.

This incident is the second attack to have taken place at Champs-Elysees in the latest months.

It is unclear the attacker has been killed or why he drove into the police Monday.

Earlier, police advised people to avoid the area, as about 20 police vans and several armed officers surrounded the man on the ground.

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