>> The Champs-Elysee, one of Paris's busiest thoroughfares and moments from presidential palace and US embassy, again, the target of a potential terrorist attack. A driver said to have deliberately rammed a car carrying weapons and explosives into a police van. Authorities said the man died in the incident and the situation was quickly brought under control.
They stress no officers or bystanders were injured. Mobile phone footage recorded shortly afterwards showed orange smoke billowing from the car. An interior ministry spokesperson said it appeared to have been a deliberate act. A police source told Reuters that the man was known to security services. France has been on a high security footing following a series of militant Islamist attacks including the shooting of a policeman in an IS claimed attack on a police bus on the Champs-Elysee in April.
Followed in early June by a man with a hammer, attacking an officer outside Notre Dame Cathedral. Witnesses say he shouted, this is for Syria. Last month, President Emmanuel Macron said his government would ask Parliament to extend wider search and arrest powers. They were granted under a state of emergency after Islamist militants killed 130 people in and around Paris in November 2015.
Some magistrates and human rights groups have protested against the proposal, saying it would enshrine measures currently in place under the state of emergency in ordinary law.