Car crashes into police van in Paris

A driver deliberately rammed his car into a police van as it drove down Paris' Champs Elysees and was probably killed, police said, adding that no officers or bystanders were injured and the situation was under control.
French police secure the area on the Champs Elysees avenue after an incident in Paris, France, on June 19, 2017
French police secure the area on the Champs Elysees avenue after an incident in Paris, France, on June 19, 2017 PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS • A car burst into flames after it crashed into a police van on the Champs-Elysees Avenue in Paris yesterday.

French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said the incident had been an attempted attack, and that the driver was dead.

Police sources earlier told Agence France-Presse that a Kalashnikov rifle, handguns and gas bottles were found in the man's Renault Megane.

The incident came just two months after a policeman was shot and killed on the world-renowned avenue, three days before the first round of France's presidential election.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 20, 2017, with the headline 'Car crashes into police van in Paris'. Print Edition | Subscribe