What good is the French watchlist? They’re not even watching those who are on it. They can’t prevent them from amassing rifles and guns. Apparently, there are just so many jihadis in France now that they can’t keep track of them all. And that is exactly in accord with the Islamic State’s stated plan, as I explain in my book The Complete Infidel’s Guide to ISIS.
A car deliberately hit a police van before bursting into flames on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées in central Paris, police officials say.
The driver, who was on a security watchlist, died in the incident. Police found a Kalashnikov rifle, handguns and gas bottles in the car.
“Security forces have been targeted in France once again,” Interior Minister Gérard Collomb said, calling it an “attempted attack”.
No-one else was hurt in the incident….
A white car could be seen standing in the middle of the empty avenue with one door open and sniffer dogs were sent in, the BBC’s Hugh Schofield reports from Paris.
Our correspondent says there are always many police and gendarme vehicles near the spot, as it is next to the local police station.
Bomb disposal experts were sent to the scene to inspect the vehicle, a Renault Mégane.
Mr Collomb, who visited the site, said weapons and explosives found inside “could potentially blow this car up”.
Reports say officers had to smash the car windows to pull the driver out.
Sources close to the investigation said the driver of the car had been on a security watchlist since 2015 for membership of a “radical Islamist movement”….