A driver appeared to deliberately crash his car into a police van on the French capital’s Champs Elysees avenue on Monday, the interior ministry said, and the Paris prosecutor’s anti-terrorism unit said it had opened an investigation.
“It looks like this was a deliberate act,” Interior Ministry Spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet told reporters at the scene.
Brandet said it was very likely that the driver, who had been armed, was dead.
Earlier on Monday, Police said they were dealing with an incident on the Champs Elysees in the city centre.
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 car had caught fire in the area.
Less than an hour later, police said the situation was under control and that no one got injured.