At least one police officer, gunman dead in Paris attack

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 21, 2017

At least a French police officer has been shot dead and two others have been injured in Paris in a terrorist attack claimed by the Daesh terrorist group.

BFMTV also reports another police officer was seriously injured and an unidentified man was hit by "cross-fire" in the the Champs-Elysées area. The shooting happened at about 9 p.m. local time Thursday, just as the City of Lights was coming to life for the night.

Police and soldiers sealed off the area, ordering tourists back into hotels and blocking people from approaching the scene.

The AP, citing a Paris police spokeswoman, reports that the attacker "targeted police guarding the area near the Franklin Roosevelt subway station Thursday night at the center of the avenue popular with tourists".

France has lived under a state of emergency declared following a terrorist attack in November 2015 that left 130 dead.

PARIS French President Francois Hollande said all the indications were that Thursday's attack on police officers in Paris was terrorist-related and he said security forces would be vigilant during the forthcoming presidential election. "A man immediately got out and opened fire on the police auto, fatally wounding a police officer".

French anti-terror prosecutors and the National Intelligence Service opened an investigation to determine the nature of the incident on the Champs Elysees, according to the Paris Prosecutor's Office in a text to CNN, looking at terror as a possible motive in this attack. Earlier this week, police in Marseille arrested two men who were allegedly plotting an attack before the election, per Reuters.

One officer was killed while in a auto stopped at a red light by a drive-by attacker.

"What can you say?"

The Champs-Elysees is a long avenue where the Arc de Triomphe is located, and is known for its high end shops, restaurants and theaters. "It just never ends", Trump added.

"We're three days before a presidential election", Eleanor says.

The shooting comes three days before French general elections and Paris was already in a state of heightened alert.

The shooting occurred in the middle of a televised campaign event, when each of the 11 current candidates was given 15 minutes to sell voters on their respective platforms. The two top contenders will advance to a runoff on May 7.

Former French President Nicola Sarkozy's tweeted: "To our law enforcement: support, strength, courage".

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