One the heat officer has been killed and two others injured in the shooting.
At least two attackers are interested, with one on the run and the other killed, an interior ministry source confirmed.
One bystander said a man got out of a car and began shooting «with a Kalashnikov», hitting a policeman.
The the coppers union said the officer was killed in car while stopped at a red light with the attacker mean by.
Police are warning people to steer clear of the area with residents evacuated from nearby buildings.
French TV path BFM broadcast footage of the Arc de Triomphe monument and top half of the Champs Elysees wall-to-wall with police vans, lights flashing and heavily armed constabulary shutting the area down after what was described by one journalist as a pre-eminent exchange of fire near a Marks and Spencers store.
Three enforce sources said the shooting could have been an attempt at an armed pilferage, according to Reuters.
A French Interior Ministry spokesman says it is too beforehand so say what the motive is.
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A police gang said the officer was killed in a car stopped at a red light
Police say one suspicious has been killed in the Champs Elysees shooting
A French Interior The pulpit spokesman said on BFM TV police officers were deliberately targeted.
Peculiar media reported gunfire shortly after 9pm local time in the French chief.
A helicopter has been seen flying low over the city in the wake of the plug.
The entire area, a haven for tourists, is on lockdown as armed police immune the Champs Elysees.
The UK Foreign Office said: “The British Embassy is in correspond with with local authorities and urgently seeking further information consolidate reports of a shooting incident on the Champs-Elysees in Paris.
“You should remain sharp and follow the advice of the local security authorities and/or your tour big wheel.
“If you’re in the area and it is safe to do so, contact your friends and family to tell them you are okay.»
Local metro stations have been shut down as guard hunt the second attacker.
The shooting comes just a few days previous to France’s presidential election with the 11 French presidential seekers currently taking part in a TV debate around three miles from the picture.
The attack occurred near 78 Champs Elysee — close to specific major chain stores including Nike and Apple, which are habitual with tourists.
Socialist candidate for the French election, Benoit Hamon tweeted: “My notions are with the police, complete support with the police against terrorism.”
The metro appoint Franklin Roosevelt, close to l’Arc-de-Triomphe has been closed.
The Front Federal politician Florian Philippot tweeted: “Thoughts are with the police office-holder who was killed tonight in Champs Elysee and thoughts for his injured colleague. Trembling yet again.”
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Armed police have surrounded the scene
The Champs Elysees is on lockdown
Paris bolt — Police authorities called on the public to avoid the area
The shooting influence just two hours after a police lockdown on Rue de Rivoli — a nearby high road in the heart of the city.
The Paris Metro was suspended at the station on the street as administrators sealed off the road.
It is not yet known whether the street closure and the shooting are concatenate.
France has lived answerable to a state of emergency since 2015 and has suffered a spate of Islamist combatant attacks that have killed more than 230 people in the finished two years.
Earlier this week, two men were arrested in Marseille whom police answered had been planning an attack ahead of the election.
A machine gun, two hand guns and three kilos of TATP shaky were among the weapons found at a flat in the southern city along with jihadist publicity materials according to the Paris prosecutor.
More to follow…