On April 20, a shooting was carried out at the Avenue des Champs-Elysees in the French capital, leading to the death of one police officer. Two other police officers and a woman who was passing by were injured, according to Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins. The attacker was neutralized by police.
French police on Saturday released three people close to the man who on Thursday opened fire on police officers in the center of Paris, local media reported.
About 200 members of the group "Wives of law enforcement officers in anger" and other relatives of police officers gathered on the streets of Paris to rally in support of the law enforcement, local media reported.
French politician and head of the 4th District of Paris Christophe Girard published and immediately deleted a post on his Twitter, in which he hinted that Russian President Vladimir Putin could somehow have been involved in the recent terror attack on the Champs Elysees in Paris.
The French government said on Friday that the country's security forces are fully mobilized with 50,000 police officers and 7,000 army personnel being dispersed in order to ensure citizens' safety, ahead of the first round of the presidential election this weekend, and following on the heels of an attack on policemen in Paris.
The attack on policemen in Paris may boost the chances of conservative candidates such as The Republicans party nominee Francois Fillon and far-right National Front presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, who advocate tougher security and anti-terrorism cooperation, a French lawmaker told Sputnik Friday.
Paris prosecutor Francois Molins confirmed on Friday that a handwritten note defending Daesh terrorist group was found near the body of the perpetrator of the Paris shooting attack.
French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve slammed on Friday two presidential hopefuls, former Prime Minister Francois Fillon, and leader of the National Front (FN) Marine Le Pen, for their statements on security issues, one day after an attack against police officers in downtown Paris.
French presidential frontrunner Emmanuel Macron urged the people of France not to give in to fear when they go to the polls this Sunday and promised to protect them if he is elected, in an address on Friday.
On Thursday night, a gunman opened fire on the Champs-Elysees in central Paris, leading to the death of a police officer. According to security expert Dmitry Efimov, this attack is different from other terrorist acts Europe has faced in recent years.
Italy's President Sergio Mattarella said on Friday that there was a strong need for the protection of democracy and freedom in light of the recent shooting incident in Paris.
The German foreign ministry spokesman said that a German national was wounded in a Paris shooting.
The Paris shooting in Paris will obviously affect the upcoming presidential election in France, US President Donald Trump said Friday.
French authorities discussed security measures amid Friday's attack ahead of the presidential elections this Sunday, Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said.
French police are pursuing Belgian leads and are searching for a possible suspect in the Champs-Elysees shooting where one law enforcement member was killed, France's Interior Ministry spokesman said Friday.
Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins said that the identity of the attacker who carried out a shooting in the French capital on Thursday night, killing one police officer, has been established.
Marine Le Pen and Francois Fillon have cancelled their Friday campaign events following the shooting in Paris.
On Thursday evening, French President Francois Hollande declared the attack on Champs Elysees hours earlier was "of terrorist nature."
Two officers are seriously wounded, the ministry said, while one other has died in a shooting along the Champs Elysees shopping street.
According to reports by BFMTV broadcaster, the gunman responsible for the shooting death of a police officer was known by the French intelligence agency, the General Directorate for Internal Security.
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