Driver crashes into Paris police vehicle, taken into custody

A man on the radar of French authorities was killed Monday after ramming a auto carrying explosives into a police vehicle in the cap. Djaziri's father was also taken into custody, a judicial source said. The Champs-Elysees reopened overnight. Authorities say the driver is now dead.

The incident is the second this year on the city's most famous avenue. A man on the radar of French author. "It's a hard decision".

"This once again shows that the threat level in France is extremely high", Mr Collomb told journalists not far from the scene. Authorities believe the suspect deliberately crashed a small white auto into the police van, which was part of a convoy driving down the Champs Elysees.

Questions arose on Tuesday over how a known radical Islamist who rammed a auto laden with weapons and gas canisters into a police van on Paris's Champs-Elysees was able to hold a firearms licence.

Footage of the vehicle showed orange smoke coming out from the auto after the impact as it sat in the middle of the prestigious and bustling avenue which is lined with shops, cinemas and restaurants.

Police were treating the incident as a deliberate attack, and the Paris prosecutor had opened an anti-terror investigation as of late Monday afternoon.

A bomb squad was later seen at the wreck.

Footage from the scene, screened by broadcaster BFMTV, showed intense flames coming from the passenger compartment of a saloon vehicle and police apparently attempting to pull the driver out.

U.S. Embassy in France advised U.S. citizens in Paris said U.S. citizens should avoid the area and follow French authorities' advice.

The site of the incident was promptly cordoned off, the world-famous avenue secured, a nearby metro station closed.

The Champs-Elysees was the site of a fatal police shooting by an extremist earlier this year.

Eric Favereau, a journalist for Liberation newspaper who was driving a scooter behind the military officers, said he saw a auto blocking the convoy's path, then an implosion in the vehicle.

The Champs Elysee attack came a few days after a PhD student on media tried to attack police officers with a hammer outside Notre Dame Cathedral in the French capital in an act to revenge war in Syria. He had pledged allegiance to IS in a video found at his home.

  • Rogelio Becker