French authorities say the man who rammed a vehicle full of explosives into a police van on the Champs-Elysees on Monday was already flagged as a potential terrorist, according to reports. The terrorist, a 31-year-old man from the Paris suburb of Argenteuil, had an AK-47 assault rifle in the vehicle along with a gas tank, French authorities confirmed, according to Fox News.
Police were treating the incident as a deliberate attack, and the Paris prosecutor had opened an anti-terror investigation as of late Monday afternoon.
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The attacker was killed in Monday's incident.
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A small white vehicle containing weapons and explosives crashed into a police van on the Champs-Elysees, according to multiple media reports.
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France remains under a state of emergency imposed after the November 2015 attacks in Paris, which killed 130 people.
No casualties have been reported into the incident, it added.
French broadcaster BFMTV said the suspect was a 33-year-old man, who was known to the intelligence services.
Earlier this month, an attacker on foot went after a police patrol with a hammer in front of Notre Dame Cathedral.
About 20 police vans and several armed police surrounded a man on the ground. The high-end neighborhood is popular with tourists. Bomb squads are combing the area and the nearest subway station is closed to the public.
In one of the most controversial moves of his young presidency, Emmanuel Macron has advocated enshrining certain of the state emergency's special police powers into French law.