(Source: www.straitstimes.com)

PARIS (Reuters) – A French police vehicle was hit on Monday (June 19) 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 US 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 in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)-claimed attack on a police bus on the Champs Elysees in April.

Large explosion and shots fired on Champs Elysee #Paris looks like on person on ground.. everyone told to run.. pic.twitter.com/NTXVDgYS8J

— Andrew Hawley (@aelhawley) June 19, 2017

Police cordon growing around #ChampsElysees pic.twitter.com/aeyqD3p6GF

— Melissa Bell (@MelissaBellCNN) June 19, 2017

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