Champs Elysees shooting kills French police officer
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Champs Elysees shooting kills French police officer

PARIS (AFP) - One police officer was killed and two others wounded Thursday in a shooting on Pariss famed Champs Elysees, just days ahead of Frances presidential election, police said.Frances interior ministry said the gunman was killed after opening fire on the officers at around 9:00 pm (1900 GMT) on the boulevard. Anti-terror prosecutors have opened an investigation.The attacker arrived by car and got out. He opened fire on a police car with an automatic weapon, killing one of the police officers and trying to attack others while running, a police source told AFP, asking not be named.The bustling shopping street in the heart of the city was blocked by armed officers and nearby metro stations closed.The election has long been seen as a potential target of jihadists. Witnesses recounted scenes of panic as people ran for cover and sought shelter.We had to hide our customers in the basement, Choukri Chouanine, manager of a restaurant near the site of the shooting, told AFP, saying there was lots of gunfire.Dozens of vehicles from the emergency services were sent to the area, where a helicopter was also deployed.As the first details filtered through, US President Donald Trump sent his condolences and said that it looks like another terrorist attack. What can you say? It just never ends.The shooting comes two days after the arrest of two men in southern Marseille with weapons and explosives who were suspected of preparing an attack to disrupt the first-round of the presidential election on Sunday.France is in a state of emergency and at its highest possible level of alert since a string of terror attacks that began in 2015, which have killed over 230 people.Up until now, polls showed voters more concerned about unemployment and their spending power than terrorism or security, though analysts warned this would change in the event of further bloodshed.Far-right leader Marine Le Pen welcomed security moving to the heart of the campaign on Thursday as she took part in a prime-time interview show alongside the 10 other p

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