Suspected attacker dead in Paris after car crashes into police vehicle

A person is seen on the ground as a police officer is seen in the foreground on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris France Monday

A person is seen on the ground as a police officer is seen in the foreground on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris France Monday

It is not yet clear what the alleged attacker's motivation was in the incident today. Gerard Collomb, France's interior minister, explained to reporters that the suspects auto contained weapons and explosives.

Collomb said said he will present a bill on Wednesday at a Cabinet meeting to extend the state of emergency from July 15, its current expiration date, until November 1.

Mr Collomb said a new security law was "needed" because of the attacks, and that the legislation would "maintain a high security level" beyond the state of emergency.

France remains under a state of emergency imposed after the November 2015 attacks in Paris, when IS jihadists slaughtered 130 people in a night of carnage at venues across the city.

According to the Associated Press and France's BFM TV, the driver was a 31-year-old from a Paris suburb who was known to security services and had previously been flagged for extremism.

Police forces secure the area on the Champs Elysées next to the suspected vehicle, center, in Paris, Monday, June 19, 2017.

Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said the man was killed after an attempted attack on a police convoy, saying that shows the threat is still very high in the country and justifies a state of emergency in place since 2015.

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They spoke on condition of anonymity to reveal details of the incident, the second this year on the city's most famous avenue, which is popular with tourists.

The incident occurred nearly two months to the day after a policeman was shot and killed nearby in the run-up to the first round of France's presidential election. Paris officials say: Suspected attacker "downed" after driving into police auto on Champs-Elysees.

A French security official says that the attacker on Champs-Elysees avenue is probably dead and the bomb squad is on the scene.

"He did not cause any injuries, but the collision was a deliberate act".

France's anti-terrorism prosecutor has opened an investigation into the ramming of a police vehicle on Paris' Champs-Elysees avenue.

The announcement on a police Twitter account advised the public to avoid the area, and came after people took to social media to report that a auto had caught fire in the area.

Authorities say the driver was arrested after being injured in a subsequent apparent clash with police.

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