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BREAKING: Champs-Élysées terror in Paris as armed driver smashes car into police van

An armed driver who slammed a car into a police van has been shot dead, authorities in France said.

France’s Interior Ministry confirmed emergency services are dealing with a “security incident” at the world-famous Champs-Élysées.

Paris police on Monday said they are “in control” after armed police stormed the shopping district in the city centre.

Witnesses say a police van was hit by another vehicle which was the on fire sparking the major response.

“It looks like this was a deliberate act,” Interior Ministry Spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet told reporters at the scene.

The Paris prosecutor’s counter-terrorism unit said it had opened an investigation into the incident, which occurred only a short walk away from the Elysees presidential palace and the US embassy.

Brandet said it was very likely that the driver, who had been armed, was dead.

A police bomb squad is also present.

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