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Champs Elysees incident appears deliberate act: French interior ministry
June 19, 2017 / 3:14 PM / 5 months ago

Champs Elysees incident appears deliberate act: French interior ministry

PARIS (Reuters) - A driver appeared to deliberately crash his car into a police van on the French capital’s Champs Elysees avenue on Monday, the interior ministry said, and the Paris prosecutor’s anti-terrorism unit said it had opened an investigation.

A French gendarme walks past a burned car on the Champs Elysees avenue after an incident in Paris, France, June 19, 2017 . REUTERS/Charles Platiau

“It looks like this was a deliberate act,” Interior Ministry Spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet told reporters at the scene.

Brandet said it was very likely that the driver, who had been armed, was dead.

Reporting by Michel Rose and Ingrid Melander; writing by Richard Lough

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