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Car hits police vehicle on Paris' Champs Elysees, driver arrested

Criminal police inspect the body of a suspect at the scene of an incident in which a car rammed a gendarmerie van on the Champs-Elysees Avenue in Paris, France, June 19, 2017. A driver appeared to deliberately crash his car into a police van on the French capital's Champs Elysees avenue the interior ministry said, and the Paris prosecutor's anti-terrorism unit said it had opened an investigation.

Criminal police inspect the body of a suspect at the scene of an incident in which a car rammed a gendarmerie van on the Champs-Elysees Avenue in Paris, France, June 19, 2017. A driver appeared to deliberately crash his car into a police van on the French capital's Champs Elysees avenue the interior ministry said, and the Paris prosecutor's anti-terrorism unit said it had opened an investigation.

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PARIS, June 19 (Reuters) - A French police vehicle was hit on Monday by a car on Paris' Champs Elysees avenue and the driver was arrested, police said, adding that no officers or bystanders were injured and the situation was under control.

Police cordoned off the area only a short walk away from Elysees presidential palace and the U.S. embassy, Reuters reporters on site said.

A police Twitter account advised the public to avoid the area.

France has been on high security alert following a series of terrorist attacks in recent years, including the shooting of a policeman in an Islamic State-claimed attack on a police bus on the Champs Elysees in April.

(Reporting by Michel Rose and Marine Pennetier; Editing by Leigh Thomas and Andrew Callus) ((andrew.callus.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.com; +33)(0)(1 49 49 51 30 ; Reuters Messaging: andrew.callus.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))
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