A shooting has taken place in central Paris. According to police, a lone gunman opened fire in the Champs Elysees and was killed shortly after fleeing the scene.
Eyewitnesses claim to have seen a gunman exiting a car with an automatic weapon and opening fire at a police bus. The incident occurred at 21:00 local time. The whole of the Champs Elysees has been evacuated. One police officer has been killed, while two were wounded.
Police have reportedly launched an anti-terrorist investigation.
The Champs Elysees’s popularity amongst locals and tourists alike means it has long been feared to be a potential target.
The president of France, Francois Hollande, will address the public after holding a crisis meeting with political leaders.
More on this story as it develops.