A man who drove a car filled with explosives into a Paris police convoy died after the car collided with a police vehicle and exploded on the Champs Elysees on Monday, French authorities say.

Police now have the situation under control and BBC reports neither civilians nor policemen were injured in the attack.

French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb told reporters on Monday police found weapons and "enough [explosives] to allow him to blow up this car" in the car following the attack.

France's anti-terrorism prosecutor opened an investigation into the incident, which is believed to be an attack on French police.

The Associated Press reported French police officials said the attacker was a 31-year-old man from the Paris suburb of Argenteuil and had an "S" file, which means that officials had flagged him for possible links to terrorism.

Police warned civilians and tourists to avoid the area around the Champs Elysees and a nearby subway station is closed.

France is currently under a state of emergency and this attack marks the second one on the Champs Elysees since April and the fifth attack in Paris in the past four months.