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Paris cordon off Champs Elysees after car hits police van - Breaking on BBC

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posted on Jun, 19 2017 @ 09:49 AM
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Just in


A security operation is under way in Paris around the Champs Elysees area, after a car crashed into a police van before bursting into flames, officials say.

The driver is "on the ground... unconscious," French news agency AFP reports, quoting a police source.
It was not immediately clear if the incident was accidental or deliberate.

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 national police Twitter account said (in French) that there was an "ongoing police operation", warning people to respect the security cordon

Updates will continue
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Now saying that the driver was armed ... so it seems a bit less accidental, all of a sudden


Also, this from
Le Parisien now saying that the guy was known to police and was on their 'S' watchlist



edit on 19/6/17 by Damiel because: Status opdate re: suspect being armed (beeb) + Le Parisien

edit on 19/6/17 by Damiel because: (no reason given)



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posted on Jun, 19 2017 @ 09:52 AM
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a reply to: Damiel

Just a normal part of 'Big City' livin' in Europe these days.
Get used to it...and ignore it.



posted on Jun, 19 2017 @ 09:55 AM
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posted on Jun, 19 2017 @ 10:09 AM
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My deepest condolences to the driver, who just lost 'his' shiny toy with funny lights. Is the State of Emergency doing fine?



 




French media quoted police sources as saying the driver, who was alone in the vehicle, “probably died” in the collision. Several rounds of ammunition and a gas canister were found in the car, which briefly caught fire, BFM TV said.

Champs Élysées: anti-terror inquiry opened after car hits police van
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posted on Jun, 19 2017 @ 10:18 AM
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and there is also this:


France’s anti-terror prosecutor has opened an investigation after a car rammed into a police van on the Champs-Élysées in central Paris. The car’s driver was seriously injured, and possibly killed, in the alleged attack. French media quoted police sources as saying the driver, who was alone in the vehicle, “probably died” in the collision. Several rounds of ammunition and a gas canister were found in the car, which briefly caught fire, BFM TV said.


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So at the very least it sounds like this guy was up to something
Given the times we live in i understand it's easy to make assumptions, but let's just hold back until more details come out.



posted on Jun, 19 2017 @ 10:18 AM
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originally posted by: IAMTAT
a reply to: Damiel

...and ignore it.


They proved they have been when they voted in Macron.


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posted on Jun, 19 2017 @ 10:26 AM
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a reply to: Damiel

Europe is quickly becoming a war zone all over the place. Get ready for heightened security on a daily basis...



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posted on Jun, 19 2017 @ 10:29 AM
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a reply to: Lagomorphe

Just the usual suspects doing what they do , they have nothing to say so rely on the same old tired one liners to show how clever they are.
Boring but unsurprising.

We swim in a sea of ignorance.



posted on Jun, 19 2017 @ 10:30 AM
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a reply to: DrStevenBrule

Touché.

 


Here's my prediction: he was probably on some watchlist again. With CIASIS-flag, petty crime background and the usual connections to our beloved intelligence agencies.

Conveniently enough, another attacker died before he could spill some beans. Go and figure, ATS?



posted on Jun, 19 2017 @ 10:32 AM
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originally posted by: gortex
a reply to: Lagomorphe

Just the usual suspects doing what they do , they have nothing to say so rely on the same old tired one liners to show how clever they are.
Boring but unsurprising.

We swim in a sea of ignorance.


TOTALLY agreed Gortex



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posted on Jun, 19 2017 @ 10:35 AM
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posted on Jun, 19 2017 @ 10:38 AM
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originally posted by: RomeByFire
[SNIP]


See the sick person above... started already on this thread sadly

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posted on Jun, 19 2017 @ 10:40 AM
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posted on Jun, 19 2017 @ 10:43 AM
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a reply to: IAMTAT
[SNIP]

Just stating a fact , if other members are insulted then perhaps they should ask themselves if they are adding to the quality of ATS of just jumping on a mindless bandwagon.

Deny Ignorance , remember ?
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posted on Jun, 19 2017 @ 10:44 AM
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Some video here as police start to corden.



I don't get some of the remarks here, there is nothing 'usual' about terrorism in Europe, and since it is happening all over the world, including the US on a grand scale, (as if they didn't have enough home grown street violence) there is nothing to get chirpy about.
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posted on Jun, 19 2017 @ 10:50 AM
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a reply to: Lagomorphe

Me? I'm just in that Irony Tower of mine, have a few truckloads of salt and drop some peals for the van-dals to ignore. It's kindy funny in a literate way, literally.




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