Police have confirmed a security incident on the Champs Elysees in central Paris, after a man drove his car into a police van.
The driver is believed to have died, according to an Interior Ministry spokesman cited by The Local, which also reports that the car was car was carrying a gas canister and that the man was armed.
The car, a Renault Megane, crashed into a police vehicle this afternoon in what officers have said was likely a deliberate attack. Witnesses reported that police had cordoned off the iconic avenue and people are being advised to ignore the area.
Officials were subsequently quoted as saying that an attacker had been "downed", and were quick to reassure the public that there had been no casualties from the incident.
Anti-terror police have been called in to oversee the investigation, as France deals with yet another troubling incident in its capital city.
The country remains on high alert after a string of terror attacks, including an assault on the Champs Elysees in April, which saw a police officer killed.