One police officer has been killed and another two seriously injured in Paris after coming under gunfire on the city’s famed Champs Élysées boulevard. One assailant was also killed.
A second policeman had not died of his wounds from Thursday`s attack, as had been reported earlier, a spokesperson for the French interior ministry said.
“An automatic weapon was used against police, a weapon of war,” the spokesperson, Pierre-Henry Brandet, told reporters, adding the “terrorist threat” in the country remained high.
Brandet said the shooting started shortly after 9 p.m. local time when a car stopped alongside a stationary police car. “A man immediately got out and opened fire on the police car, fatally wounding a police officer,” he said.
French President François Hollande offered his condolences to the friends and families of the people killed and wounded.
Hollande said officials are convinced the investigation would show the shooting had been a terrorist attack.
Hollande, who is not running again for office in an election which holds its first round on Sunday, said: “We shall be of the utmost vigilance, especially in relation to the election.”
The president said he has called an emergency security meeting for tomorrow morning.
The officers involved have not yet been identified.
One assailant was also killed, a police source said. The dead gunman was known to security services, and police were searching his home, the source said.
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Police have issued an arrest warrant for a second suspect who arrived from Belgium by train, the source said.
Authorities called on the public to avoid the area.
Emmanuel Macron, a French presidential candidate, said during a live interview that the duty of a president is to protect its citizens.
“Tonight, while we’ve been talking, we know that at least one police officer has been killed. We don’t know exactly what happened.… This threat is incalculable, and it’s going to be a part of our daily lives for years to come.”
French conservative politician Francois Fillon, another candidate in France’s presidential election, said that campaigning should be suspended following the shooting.