French police block off area near Champs-Elysees


People walk on the Champs-Elysees, September 27, 2015 as central Paris goes car-free on Sunday. The French capital’s central arrondissements and areas around landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and Champs-Elysees are free from car noise and exhaust fumes, allowing people to stroll, cycle or skate between 0900 GMT and 1600 GMT. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

Reports of a car fire near the Champs-Elysees prompted police to block off the area’s shopping district in Paris, according to media reports Monday.

A person has been “downed” after driving a car into a police vehicle, the Associated Press has reported.

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