PARIS: A driver who attacked police on Paris’s Champs-Elysees on Monday was a 31-year-old man who had been on a security watchlist since 2015,” sources close to the probe said.
The man died after ramming a car into a police van on the prestigious avenue. Police sources told AFP that a Kalashnikov assault rifle, handguns and gas canisters were found in the vehicle.
No police or bystanders were injured in the incident on the Champs-Elysees, where a jihadist shot dead a policeman two months ago.
The police and the army have consistently been attacked by extremists in France.
The country remains under a state of emergency imposed after the November 2015 attacks in Paris, when militants slaughtered 130 people in a night of carnage at venues across the city.