Reports are emerging from Paris that the busy Champs-Elysées has been cordoned off by security officials after a burning car crashed into a police van.
Technically France is still in a ‘State of Emergency’ after a number of recent terror-related incidents, but it is not yet known if this particular situation is being treated by police in the same manner.
A report on the BBC states:
A police operation is under way in Paris around the Champs Elysees area, amid reports of a car on fire.
Local media say a man has been detained. It is not yet clear what led to the heavy police presence.
France is currently in a state of emergency after being hit by a wave of deadly terror attacks in recent years.
A policeman was shot dead and two others were wounded in an attack on the Champs Elysees in April, just days before the presidential election.
The Express in the UK gives a little more information, stating that although Police have confirmed that there is currently an ongoing situation in progress, no further details have been released.
The news has come on a day when Britain woke up to the news that a van had driven straight into a group of Muslims outside a North London mosque.
Later in the morning, it also emerged that a man had been detained by police outside Paddington Station after allegedly shouting ‘Allah Akbar’ and trying to attack an individual police officer.
More details will be made available in the near future as this is a developing story.