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France Hit With Terror Attack Days Before Presidential Election

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By Julien Pretot | PARIS

(Reuters) – One policeman was killed and another wounded in a shooting incident in central Paris on Thursday night, a police source said.

A person who fired on police on the Champs-Elysees shopping boulevard just days ahead of France’s presidential election has been killed, the source said. A police source also said there had been two assailants, and a witness told Reuters that one man got out of a car at the scene and began shooting with a machine gun.

Police authorities called on the public to avoid the area.

A Reuters reporter saw a helicopter flying low over central Paris, apparently part of a follow-up police operation.

French TV channel BFM broadcast footage of the Arc de Triomphe monument and top half of the Champs Elysees packed with police vans, lights flashing and heavily armed police shutting the area down after what was described by one journalist as a major exchange of fire nears a Marks and Spencers store.

The incident came as French voters prepared go to the polls on Sunday in the most tightly-contested presidential election in living memory.

France has lived under a state of emergency since 2015 and has suffered a spate of Islamist militant attacks that have killed more than 230 people in the past two years.

Earlier this week, two men were arrested in Marseille whom police said had been planning an attack ahead of the election.

A machine gun, two hand guns and three kilos of TATP explosive were among the weapons found at a flat in the southern city along with jihadist propaganda materials according to the Paris prosecutor.

(Reporting by Richard Balmforth; Writing by Ingrid Melander; Editing by Leigh Thomas and Andrew Callus)

 

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France Hit With Terror Attack Days Before Presidential Election

One cop dead, one attacker still on the run

By Paul Joseph Watson

PARIS (Infowars) – France has been hit with yet another terror attack just days before the first round of the country’s presidential election takes place.

The incident occurred on the busy Champs-Elysee in Paris.

At least two attackers who were reportedly armed with kalashnikovs were involved in a shootout with police which left one officer dead and another injured.

One of the attackers was killed, while the other, named as Youssouf El Osri, remains at large.

The attack takes place just three days before the first round of voting in the country’s presidential election.

Right-wing candidate Marine Le Pen has vowed to deal with the threat posed by Islamic terrorism, but she is opposed by establishment candidate Emmanuel Macron who today was endorsed by Barack Obama.

There have been at least 20 jihadist attacks in France since the Charlie Hebdo massacre in January 2015.

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