Paris police launch terror investigation after car ‘deliberately’ crashes into police van on the Champs-Elysees

19 Jun

The driver was “seriously injured” in the incident after his vehicle “exploded” on impact with the police van, according to BFMTV. 

He is “very probably dead” and currently still lying on the Champs-Elysées where emergency services have been treating him, according to Pierre-Henri Branded, spokesman for the French interior ministry.

“Today at around 3.40pm, a police squadron was going down the Champs-Elysées. A Renault Mégane overtook it on the right and hit the van at the front of the police cortege,” said a police spokeswoman.

“The Renault Mégane caught fire. Police started sealing off the area. No military personnel or tourists were injured. The individual is apparently dead. An inquiry has been launched. It appears he was armed.”