Champs-Élysées police incident: Is it safe to travel to Paris? Updated advice for tourists
It has been reported that a car has crashed into a police van before bursting into flames in Paris.
The incident took place on the popular tourist spot, the Champs Élysées – a spot thousands of tourists from across the world visit daily.
The driver, 31, reportedly had a weapon inside the vehicle although he was unconscious when the police removed him from the car. He has now been confimed as dead.
The situation is under control but it raises further fears regarding the safety of the French capital.
Earlier this month an attack on Notre Dame caused thousands of tourists to be trapped in the cathedral, although no civilians were hurt.
The national police Twitter account for France tweeted earlier that there was an: “Ongoing police operation” and warning people to respect the police and the security operation.
Interior Minister Gérard Collomb also tweeted it was an: “Attack aimed at our security forces.”
The UK gov.uk website states that terrorists are “very likely” to try to carry out attacks in France – although this attack has not been named as a terrorist incident.
The terror threat has been at the same level since the Paris attacks last year.
It also states the French government has extended the national state of emergency until 15 July 2017.
The high number of attacks in France over the recent years has raised concerns regarding the safety of the country.
In 2015, terrorist attacks killed over 130 people across the centre of Paris.
Another terrorist attack in 2016 also took place in France after 84 people were killed after a truck drove through Nice.
It follows on from the recent knife attack inside the Louvre earlier this year which injured a French soldier.
Travel implications for tourists
Flights and trains remain unaffected to and from the country and there are no new reports of any cancellations or restrictions as of yet.
Frank Brehany, Consumer Director of HolidayTravelWatch, told Express.co.uk earlier this month after an incident in the Notre Dame: “Tourism is important to France, as with any country, but the French State are clearly doing everything they obviously can in the towns and cities across France to protect their citizens and tourists.
“I would also recommend downloading the SAIP app, offered by the French government, which provides the latest advices, tailored to the exact location you are staying.”
Terrorism abroad remains a threat to British travellers, due to the attacks targeting westerners. Britons are warned to follow any media reports from within the country, as well as to stay aware during public holidays and any open spaces that attract foreign tourists.
Brits abroad are also warned to always keep their mobile phone on with them to be able to alert the emergency services, as it is advised to run and hide rather than to surrender or attempt to negotiate with the terrorists.
The US recently issued a terror alert for its citizens who are travelling to the UK, France or Sweden light of the attacks.