Reports state that a policeman was stopped at a red light in his patrol car when the attacker pulled up next to him, shot and killed the officer. The attacker then shot and wounded another officer a short distance away.
Paris shooting: More shots fired on the Champs Elysees
Suspect in Paris terror attack on the run is Youssouf El Osri.
person Muslim who fired on police on the Champs-Elysees shopping boulevard just days ahead of France’s presidential election has been killed, the source said. A police source also said there had been two assailants, and a witness told Reuters that one man got out of a car at the scene and began shooting with a machine gun.
Police authorities called on the public to avoid the area.
A Reuters reporter saw a helicopter flying low over central Paris, apparently part of a follow-up police operation.
French TV channel BFM broadcast footage of the Arc de Triomphe monument and top half of the Champs Elysees packed with police vans, lights flashing and heavily armed police shutting the area down after what was described by one journalist as a major exchange of fire nears a Marks and Spencers store.
The incident came as French voters prepared go to the polls on Sunday in the most tightly-contested presidential election in living memory.
France has lived under a state of emergency since 2015 and has suffered a spate of Islamist militant attacks that have killed more than 230 people in the past two years.
Earlier this week, two men were arrested in Marseille whom police said had been planning an attack ahead of the election.
A machine gun, two hand guns and three kilos of TATP explosive were among the weapons found at a flat in the southern city along with jihadist propaganda materials according to the Paris prosecutor.
Earlier the same day:
Muslim migrants ‘campaign’ for Le Pen in France: 14 injured as migrants storm town hall
A crowd of around 200 illegal migrants from Africa stormed Alfortville town hall on Tuesday morning, demanding the government relax criteria for regularisation and give them residence papers. Illegal migrants occupied the town hall for about an hour, frightening members of the public….following clashes, 14 people received medical treatment with three hospitalised.
The brazenness and entitlement of Muslim migrants is rooted in their supremacist beliefs against the infidel. They continue to victimize citizens of Europe by violence, hooliganism and rape, but rather than focus attention on that fact, their supremacist allies manage to declare victimhood under the easy umbrella of “Islamophobia.”
This is why French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is so popular: she has “vowed to end the fear of terrorism in France and stamp out the poison of Islamic radicals.” Two days ago, she also saidthat “the choice on Sunday is simple: It is a choice between a France that is rising again and a France that is sinking.”
“14 Wounded After Illegal Migrants Storm Town Hall to Protest France’s Immigration Laws”, by Virginia Hale, Breitbart, April 19, 2017:
A crowd of around 200 illegal migrants from Africa stormed Alfortville town hall on Tuesday morning, demanding the government relax criteria for regularisation and give them residence papers.
Illegal migrants occupied the town hall for about an hour, frightening members of the public in the building as well as staff who had to retreat to their offices.
The migrants, who work at Rungis International Market, the world’s largest wholesale food market, began piling into the town hall at around 8.30 am, but staff didn’t notice their arrival until it was “too late”, according to Le Parisien.
When officers arrived to break up the protest and evacuate the town hall, they were forced to use tear gas as a group of around forty illegal immigrants were blocking access to the building. Le Parisien reports that following clashes, 14 people received medical treatment with three hospitalised.
“This illegal occupation prevented Alfortvillians from accessing public services throughout the morning, and caused anxiety among town hall staff and families who were already present in the building,” the commune’s Socialist mayor Luc Carvounas said in a statement.
“Although staff received the men, and listened to their demands, the members of the collective did not wish to enter into any dialogue, instead contenting themselves with denouncing government policy.”
Suggesting the protest was linked to the far left, the mayor denounced the action as having been “exploitation of human misery for political purposes”….