Terror probe as man rams police vehicle in Paris

"Once again, French security forces were targeted with this attempted attack on the Champs-Elysees", Collomb said, adding that "a number of weapons, explosives to blow up this car" were discovered at the scene.

Earlier this month a man wielding a hammer attacked police officers on patrol outside Notre Dame cathedral, injuring one before being shot and seriously injured himself.

It is not clear exactly how the suspected terrorist died.

Anti-terrorist prosecutors have launched a probe into the incident which the police said was being treated as a "terrorist attack".

The incident occurred at about 4 p.m. local time (14:00 GMT) at Avenue Champs-Elysees, a couple hundred feet away from the presidential palace.

The small white vehicle caught on fire after the collision with the mobile police unit. Three sources close to the investigation confirmed it was. Investigators, however, found more weapons and explosives inside the vehicle.

Police closed two of the metro stations on the Champs-Élysées, a major tourist draw in the French capital. The minister used the occasion to explain the continued need for a state of emergency, in place since 2015, and plans to extend it until November 1, to be presented at a Cabinet meeting Wednesday.

Chrystel said that "we were better off inside than outside".

Authorities say the driver is now dead.

"The show must go on", the daughter said in English.

The officials identified the man as from the suburb of Argenteuil, and said he had an "S" file, which means authorities had been aware of potential links to extremism.

A spokesman for the French interior ministry, Pierre-Henry Brandet, said the driver's auto exploded as he tried to ram a police vehicle.

President Emmanuel Macron said last month his government would ask parliament to extend wider search and arrest powers granted under a state of emergency called after Islamist gunmen and suicide bombers killed 130 people in and around Paris in November 2015.

In the Paris incident, eyewitnesses saw the man being pulled from the vehicle as it burned, and footage on the Daily Mail web site later showed an officer stripping clothes from the body.

The ex-wife, brother and sister-in-law of Adam Dzaziri were detained yesterday afternoon after police questioned them at the family home near Paris.

Monday's incident came less than a day after a vehicle attack on Muslim worshipers outside two mosques in north London. France is under a state of emergency after a string of deadly Islamic extremist attacks.

Khan says all these incidents are attacks on the city's shared values.