An armed man has driven a car full of weapons and explosives at French security forces on the Champs Elysees in Paris.
The driver died after the car exploded.
French police say a Kalashnikov rifle, handguns and gas bottles were found in the white Renault Megane after it burst into flames.
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A car loaded with gas canisters has rammed into a police van on the Champs Elysees in Paris, leaving the driver dead in an “attempted attack”.
Police sources told AFP a Kalashnikov rifle, handguns and gas bottles were found in the white Renault Megane after it burst into flames shortly after midnight AEST.
“Security forces have been targeted in France once again,” Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said, calling the incident an “attempted attack”.
No police or bystanders were injured in the incident near the Grand Palais exhibition hall.
Anti-terrorism prosecutors have opened an investigation.
Police have closed two of the Metro stations on the Champs-Elysees.
The incident comes just two months after a policeman was shot and killed on the avenue, three days before the first round of France’s presidential election.