Vehicle crashes into gendarmerie van in Paris

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A driver who rammed a auto carrying explosives into a police convoy on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris has died after the "attempted attack" on security forces, France's interior minister said. There has been no claim of responsibility for the assault.

If confirmed as a deliberate attack, this would be the fifth time this year that police forces have been targeted around the French capital.

Police took down an armed man after a auto intentionally rammed into a police van Monday on the iconic Champs-Elysees in central Paris, authorities said. On April 20, a few days before the first round of the French presidential elections, police officers were attacked, with one dead and another one injured as the result.

PARIS (AP) - French police detained four family members of a man who was killed after ramming his vehicle into a Paris police convoy, as authorities struggled Tuesday to explain how the Champs-Elysees attacker was able to keep his gun permit despite being monitored for links to extremism.

However, several more attacks have occurred since, with the bloodiest on Bastille Day past year in Nice where a man drove his truck into a crowd, killing 86 people. The interior ministry is terming the incident an attempted attack and security around the city was beefed up following the incident.

Ministry spokesperson Pierre-Henry Brandet said the vehicle, a white Renault Megane, caught fire.

"I couldn't understand, but I find it really odd that a auto would pass (police) vans and all of a sudden spit fire, " said Pfister. France's anti-terror prosecution service has launched an investigation into the attack.

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Djaziri's ex-wife, brother and sister-in-law were detained late on Monday after police questioned them at the family home in Plessis-Pate outside Paris.

Collomb will introduce a proposal to extend the state of emergency in France at a meeting of ministers on Wednesday.

"We have a situation where a lot of individuals are radicalized in France, and it's very hard to prevent them", he said. Closed metro station Champs-Elysees-Clemenceau.

Earlier this month a man wielding a hammer attacked police officers on patrol outside Notre Dame cathedral, injuring one before being shot and seriously injured himself.

"I'll go back to my hotel now", said Alexander Ferreira.

Interior Minister Gerard Collomb says the attack shows the country still faces a significant threat.

France has been on high security alert following a series of militant Islamist attacks in recent months.

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