Driver of bomb-laden car killed in failed strike in heart of Paris

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PARIS | A man on the radar of French au­thor­i­ties for ex­trem­ism was killed Mon­day af­ter ram­ming a car car­ry­ing arms and ex­plo­sives into a po­lice con­voy on Paris’ famed Champs-El­y­sees Ave., set­ting off a fiery blast and a cloud of or­ange smoke, of­fi­cials said.

Gen­darmes jumped out of the ve­hi­cle, ran to the car, smashed its win­dows and pulled out the driver in an ap­par­ent at­tempt to save him, ac­cord­ing to wit­ness ac­counts. No one else was in­jured de­spite the crowds of tourists and oth­ers walk­ing down the av­enue on a hot sunny day, the Paris po­lice de­part­ment said.

In­te­rior Min­is­ter Ger­ard Col­lomb called it an “at­tempted at­tack” and said it “shows once again that the threat level in France is ex­tremely high.” If con­firmed as a de­lib­er­ate at­tack, this would be the fifth time this year that po­lice forces have been tar­geted around the French cap­i­tal.

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