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