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Frenchman Who Gunned Down Cops on Champs-Elysees ID'd

22 April 2017

The Champs-Elysees, Paris' most iconic boulevard, was returning to its normal activities Friday, after a gunman killed one policeman and wounded two others on the world-famous street.

Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen used the aftermath of the attack to call for the government to immediately expel foreigners being monitored by intelligence services and to reinstate France's borders.

But Mr Cazeneuve, the Socialist prime minister, accused National Front leader Ms Le Pen in particular of seeking to make political hay from the attack.

The attack was swiftly claimed by militant Islamist group Islamic State. He was also carrying the addresses of police stations.

A French interior ministry spokesman initially confirmed on Friday that a second man was being sought, based on information from Belgian security services.

Conservative contender Francois Fillon said on France 2 television he was canceling his planned campaign stops on Friday. Will have a big effect on presidential election! London, which has a natural affinity with Paris in so many ways, will feel keen sympathy with its people now. She said her plans to vote for Fillon, a former prime minister, remain unchanged.

Speaking a short time afterward, Fillon said that if elected he would focus on the destruction of ISIS. He also called for the creation of 10,000 more police posts.

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"I've heard Madame Le Pen saying again recently that with her in charge, certain attacks would have been avoided", he said on RTL Radio. The state of emergency in France is extended and extra protection, including robust barriers to prevent similar attacks, is put in place at major sites in France.

"We can not afford to lose this war".

It is the third deadly attack against French security this year. "It falls to us not to give in to fear and intimidation and manipulation which would play into the hands of the enemy".

According to French media, the attacker was known to anti-terror police and had been arrested in February on suspicion of plotting to kill officers.

Several hours following the attack, ISIS claimed responsibility and identified the shooter as an ISIS soldier by the name of Abu Yusuf al-Baljiki.

The poll was conducted on Wednesday and Thursday - before the shootout in which the attacker also died and two other police officers were injured.

The dead officer was 37, CNN affiliate BFMTV reported.

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Investigators are trying to find out whether Cheurfi had accomplices, Molins said.

"What our attackers want is death, symbolism, to sow panic (and) to disturb a democratic process", he said.

Pictures of the scene in Paris showed people rushing to clear the area, and a heavy armed police presence. While in detention, he shot and wounded a prison officer after seizing his gun. A police document obtained by the AP said the property was the family home of Cheurfi, 39.

Anti-terrorism prosecutor Francois Molins said that a note had apparently fallen out of Cheurfi's pocket that defended the Islamic State.

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.

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.

"Our condolences from our county to the people of France", Trump said.

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In a statement, the United Kingdom government said it "strongly condemns the appalling terrorist attack in Paris".