Se­cu­rity height­ened in Paris af­ter lat­est at­tack

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A man on the radar of French au­thor­i­ties was killed Mon­day af­ter ram­ming a car car­ry­ing ex­plo­sives into a po­liceve­hi­cle in the cap­i­tal’s Champs-el­y­sees shop­ping district, prompt­ing a fiery blast, of­fi­cials said. France’s anti-ter­ror­ism pros­e­cu­tor opened an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

No po­lice of­fi­cers or passersby were hurt, the Paris po­lice de­part­ment said. It is un­clear why the at­tacker drove into po­lice, though of­fi­cials said the in­ci­dent was ap­par­ently de­lib­er­ate.

In­te­rior Min­is­ter Gerard Col­lomb said the man was killed af­ter an at­tack on a po­lice con­voy, say­ing that shows the threat is still very high in the coun­try and jus­ti­fies a state of emer­gency in place since 2015. He said he will present a bill Wed­nes­day at a Cab­i­net meet­ing to ex­tend the state of emer­gency from July 15, its cur­rent ex­pi­ra­tion date, un­til Nov. 1.

He says the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion in France shows a new se­cu­rity law “is needed” and the mea­sure would “main­tain a high se­cu­rity level.”

Two po­lice of­fi­cials said that a hand­gun was found on the driver, who they said was badly burned af­ter the ve­hi­cle ex­ploded. They iden­ti­fied the man as a 31-year-old man from the Paris sub­urb of Ar­gen­teuil who had an “S” file, mean­ing he was flagged for links to ex­trem­ism. The of­fi­cials spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity to re­veal de­tails of the in­ci­dent, the sec­ond this year on the city’s most fa­mous av­enue, which is pop­u­lar with tourists from around the world.

An at­tacker de­fend­ing Daesh fa­tally shot a po­lice of­fi­cer on the Champs-el­y­sees in April, days be­fore a pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, prompt­ing an ex­ten­sive se­cu­rity op­er­a­tion.

THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

French gen­darmes use fire ex­tin­guish­ers af­ter a man rammed into a po­lice con­voy and det­o­nated an ex­plo­sive de­vice on the Champ­sel­y­sees.

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