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.