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French police investigate Champs-Élysées terrorist attack

Philippe Lopez, AFP | French Police officers patrol the Champs-Élysées avenue near the Arc de Triomphe monument in Paris on April 21, 2017 a day after a gunman opened fire on police nearby

French security officials are investigating a shooting on Paris’s Champs-Élysées Thursday night, which killed one policeman and severely injured two others. The gunman, who was known to police, was shot dead shortly after the attack.

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  • The attack came just days before France votes in the first round of the presidential election.
  • The Islamic State (IS) group has claimed the attack and a note found next to the suspect’s body allegedly defended the terrorist group.
  • The gunman, identified as a 39-year-old French man who lived in the Paris suburbs, was known to anti-terror police, according to police sources.
  • The French media are reporting anonymous sources stating that: The suspect had served time in prison previously for threatening or attacking the police.
  • More than 50,000 police will be stationed across France protect the 70,000 polling stations. A further 7,000 soldiers will be on patrol Sunday.

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