Paris security alert: Champs-Elysees on lockdown as armed police descend on French capital

Dramatic images posted on social media showed a huge police presence in the popular Paris shopping district on Monday afternoon.

Police said there were no casualties but a security operation is under way and people are being asked to avoid the area.

FoxNews: Suspected attacker drives car into police vehicle on Champs-Elysees, police say

A vehicle struck a police van, then caught on fire, BMFTV reported.

The driver was detained and is in police custody. There were no reports of injuries.

Daily Mail: The dramatic moment a driver is pulled out of a smoking car that has exploded after RAMMING a police van on the Champs-Élysées before an officer checks him for a suicide bomb

  • Car burst into flames moments after impact in the Paris tourist hotspot which is the main shopping district
  • The driver, who police believe to be dead, was carrying a gun when he crashed into the police van deliberately
  • Witness said he heard shots being fired and saw smoke coming from the car after the collision this afternoon 
  • People were seen fleeing the area as police officers armed with machine guns attempted to get them to safety

FoxNews: Paris attack: Champs-Elysees driver had explosives, rifle in car

The attacker died shortly after the incident, the French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said. The attacker, a 31-year-old man from the Paris suburb of Argenteuil, was badly burned after his car exploded when he deliberately crashed it into a police van. The police van caught fire, but it was quickly contained, officials said. The bomb squad was called to the scene.

Authorities discovered a gas tank and an AK-47 rife in the attacker’s car, Fox News confirmed. The man had been flagged by investigators earlier for extremism, French police said.

Twitter: #Paris

Coulter’s Law dictates that the longer that it takes the media to identify the shooter the less likely he is white and Christian.

  • mauser 98
  • Bla Bla

    Two words. Vibrant diversity.

  • tom_billesley

    Soon, such routine incidents won’t make the front page.

  • We’ll never know this guy’s motivations so we should probably not ask.

    As for that Finsbury Mosque thing, well, that calls for some really draconian stuff there.

  • Etobicoke_Gladiator

    France is a shithole, and Paris is a shithole of shitholes. My wife and I now feel lucky to have survived our few weeks in that wretched semi-Islamic nation last summer.

  • Marius K

    Acceptance of an idea that a religion and its believers can be expelled from a continent is not that far away . Charges of racism are irrelevant when you have to fight for your life.

  • tom_billesley

    Gerard Collomb, the French Minister for the Interior, says the “attempted attack” justifies the state of emergency in place since the Paris attacks of November 2015, and which he will now seek to extend until November 2017.

    • Alain

      Yeah, so France is under German occupation again from the sound of it.

  • ontario john

    I had to go to the American networks to get any coverage of it. The Canadian networks were too busy running non stop stories of ISLAMOPHOBIA IS RAMPANT IN

  • Hard Little Machine

    time to ban gas cylinders and wheeled vehicles