1 police officer killed, 1 wounded in shooting along Champs Elysees

1 police officer killed, 1 wounded in shooting along Champs Elysees

The incident came as French voters prepared go to the polls on Sunday in the most tightly-contested presidential election in living memory.

Police are raiding at least one location in an eastern Paris suburbs.

Police tape surrounded the quiet, middle-class neighborhood in Chelles, and anxious neighbors expressed surprise at the searches.

The famous shopping street in the heart of the city, which is usually teeming with tourists and Parisians, was blocked by armed police and metro stations in the area were closed.

Paris Police Prefecture and Interior Ministry said on Twitter an operation was ongoing and warned people to avoid the Champs-Elysees area.

A police source also said there had been two assailants, and a witness told Reuters that one man got out of a vehicle at the scene and began shooting with a machine gun.

A female foreign tourist also was wounded, Molins said.

"The perpetrator of the attack in Champs Elysee in central Paris is Abu Yussef the Belgian and he is one of the Islamic State's fighters", IS claimed in a statement by the jihadists' propaganda agency Amaq.

Bystanders raise their arms after a shooting in Paris. Security is high preceding the vote after police said they arrested two men Tuesday in what they described as a thwarted terror attack.

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Sources close to the investigation said told AFP the shooter was being investigated over his possible intention to kill police officers.

Police and soldiers sealed off the area, ordering tourists back into hotels and blocking people from approaching the scene.

The Champs-Elysees, a top tourist attraction in Paris, is lined with restaurants, cafes, exclusive designer boutiques and tourist shops. Subway stations were closed off. "Some were crying. There were tens, maybe even hundreds of them".

French President Francois Hollande said he was convinced the circumstances of the attack in a country pointed to a terrorist act.

In February, a man armed with a machete in each hand attacked soldiers on patrol at Paris's Louvre Museum.

President Donald Trump, speaking at a news conference in Washington with the visiting Italian Prime Minister, offered condolences to the people of France after the shooting, saying it "looks like another terrorist attack".

A French television station hosting an event with the 11 candidates running for president briefly interrupted its broadcast to report the shootings.

Conservative contender Francois Fillon, who has campaigned against "Islamic totalitarianism", said on France 2 television that he was canceling his planned campaign stops Friday.

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen tweeted, "My emotions and solidarity for the police, once again targeted".

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