French police investigate Champs-Élysées terrorist attack
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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.
- 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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