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French police have shot at a car that attempted to run through barricades in the Tour de France's final stage. Getty

Paris police have opened fire on a car that attempted to smash through the barricades on the final day of the Tour de France.

It is believed that the car drove away after police began shooting at 8 am Sunday. The driver is believed to be still on the run.

"Shots were heard just after 8am," an eye-witness told the Daily Mail.

"A car seemed to be involved in some kind of accident, and then tried to get through a security barrier.

"Police tried to stop it, but when the driver refused he drove in their direction and then the shots were fired.

"The man is said to be wounded and on the loose still. Police are looking for him."

Luc Poignant, a spokesman with the SGP police union, told the BFM television network that police officers were finishing up setting up the barricades when the car approached.

He added that the two occupants of the car appeared to be unharmed when they drove away.

Thousands of people are expected to head to the finish line in Place de la Concorde later on Friday.

Paris and France as a whole has been on high alert after a series of terrorist attacks in 2015, beginning with the Charlie Hebdo massacre in January.

The Tour de France is in its final day today in Paris with Briton Chris Froome poised to become the first British rider to win the tournament twice.

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