Police have removed the body of a man who died after ramming his car into a police vehicle on Paris’ famed Champs-Elysees, about six hours after the incident that France‘s interior minister says was an attempted terror attack.
Police removed the body from a tent set up on the side of the avenue.
Police forensic teams continued to work around the man’s car, which caught fire following an explosion inside, after it had rammed a van in a police convoy.
French officials say that a man on the radar of authorities has been killed after ramming a car carrying explosives into a police vehicle in Paris’ Champs-Elysees shopping district, prompting a fiery blast. France‘s anti-terrorism prosecutor has opened an investigation.
No police officers or passers-by were hurt in the incident Monday afternoon, the Paris police department said. It is unclear why the attacker drove into police, though officials said the incident was apparently deliberate.
A Brazilian couple with son in stroller and grandmother couldn’t understand why they were blocked at the Grand Palais exhibition hall and barred from accessing the Champs-Elysees, where they had walked freely earlier in the day.
They were visibly shocked when informed.
“I’ll go back to my hotel now,” said Alexander Ferreira.
No one place is safe in the world.”
They came in from the suburb of Cergy-Pontoise for a Paris visit and weren’t afraid to go to the famed avenue.
Chrystel said that “we were better off inside than outside.
” But both agreed as the mother said, “unfortunately we now are used to this.”
“The show must go on,” the daughter said in English.
“They won’t win.”
Gerard Collomb says he will present a bill Wednesday at a Cabinet meeting to extend the state of emergency from July 15, its current expiration date, until Nov.
The interior minister said the man was killed in the incident.
–By Lori Hinnant
Gerard Collomb told reporters near the scene Monday that the man’s motives weren’t immediately clear.
Bomb squad officers are at the scene on the city’s most famous avenue, which is popular with tourists.
It was the second major incident on the avenue this year.
Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet says the driver whose car exploded as he tried to ram a police vehicle is “most probably” dead.
They say he has been arrested after being injured in a subsequent apparent clash with police.
The French national gendarmerie service says the driver of a car that rammed a law enforcement vehicle has been arrested.
Police had earlier warned people to avoid the neighborhood, one of the French capital’s most popular with tourists.
Paris police said neither gendarmes nor passers-by were injured.
Two French police officials have told The Associated Press that a suspected attacker drove into a police vehicle on the Champs-Elysees shopping district in Paris, and is now lying on the ground immobilized.
The suspect is wearing a white shirt and dark shorts and prone on his stomach on the avenue.
Police ringed the area as tourists and other onlookers gathered.
–By Elaine Ganley and Lori Hinnant
The police department tweeted the warning Monday without providing further details.
The high-end neighborhood is popular with tourists.
The reason for the operation remains unclear.
A subway station in the area is closed.