France on high alert after three police officers shot in the street

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 27, 2017

One officer was killed and two police officers were seriously wounded when the attacker emerged from a auto and used an automatic weapon to shoot at officers outside a Marks & Spencer's department store at the center of the Champs-Elysees, anti-terrorism prosecutor Francois Molins said.

Ottawa added its voice to the growing chorus of worldwide condemnation of the latest terrorist attack that killed a police officer and seriously wounded two others as well as a German tourist in the heart of the French capital Thursday evening.

Police secure the Champs Elysee Avenue after a shooting incident in Paris, France.

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The UK strongly condemns the appalling terrorist attack in Paris.

Armed police patrol the Champs Elysees in Paris following yesterday's shooting of a police officer on April 21 2017.

"The investigation has been entrusted to the Anti-Terrorist Section (SAT) of the Criminal Brigade and the Directorate General of Internal Security (DGSI)", Paris chief prosecutor's office said in a statement.

In such a closely fought, volatile race, the attack is certain to have had an impact.

The speed of the claim of responsibility and the fact the attacker was identified suggests he was in touch with the group and informed the jihadists of his plan in advance, the paper reported.

French President Francois Hollande called a meeting of the country's defense council on Friday, to discuss the attack.

Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said: "Nothing must hamper this democratic moment, essential for our country".

ISIS claimed that the attacker, whom police killed in a gunfight but have not publicly identified, was "one of the fighters for the Islamic State".

His two colleagues and the German tourist are said to be out of danger and police have been praised for helping to stop Cheurfi before he could hurt anyone else.

A key question was how the attack might affect French voters, since campaigning is banned starting Friday at midnight.

Investigators searched a home early on Friday in an eastern suburb of Paris believed to be linked to the attack and police detained for questioning three of the gunman's family members.

This changed in February of this year when he was arrested again, this time on suspicion of wanting to attack security forces.

Le Pen, who has ridden a wave of anti-immigrant sentiment, has vowed to withdraw France from the European Union and shut its borders to immigrants. The Islamic State took credit for the shooting a few hours later.

Ms Le Pen, Mr Fillon and independent centrist Emmanuel Macron all cancelled their final campaign events as a mark of respect for the policeman killed on Thursday.

For weeks, former banker Macron and Le Pen have been out in front but opinion polls now show there is a chance that any of four leading candidates could reach the election's second-round runoff on May 7.

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