France’s interior minister says that a driver who rammed a car carrying explosives into a police convoy on the Champs-Elysees avenue has died after the “attempted attack” on security forces.
Gerard Collomb told reporters near the scene Monday that the man’s motives weren’t immediately clear.
Two police officials say a handgun was found on the driver, who was badly burned after the vehicle exploded.
Paris police said neither gendarmes nor passers-by were injured.
Bomb squad officers are at the scene on the city’s most famous avenue, which is popular with tourists. It was the second major incident on the avenue this year.
An attacker defending ISIS shot and killed a police officer on the Champs-Elysees in April, days before a presidential election, prompting an extensive security operation.