Pro-IS note said to be found near Paris gunman

Will Le Pen gain support following last night's attack

French investigators have found a written note defending Islamic State next to the body of the gunman who shot dead a policeman in Paris on Thursday night, a judicial source told Reuters.

French prosecutor François Molins said at a press conference in Paris, "The identity of the attacker is known and has been verified", reported Liberation.

At 21:00 GMT on Thursday night a man pulled his vehicle alongside a bus transporting French police on the heavily-transited Champs-Elysees in Paris, opening fire with an automatic weapon and killing one of the officers.

There is some confusion over Cheurfi's possible links to Islamic State.

The attack rocked France's presidential race Friday with just days to go before one of the closest races in recent memory.

Conservative candidate Fillon and far-left firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon have closed the gap substantially in the last two weeks.

Shortly after the attack, ISIS claimed responsibility and praised the attacker, though they used a different name to identify the man that they believed was responsible.

Le Pen and Fillon insisted France is "at war".

On Twitter early Friday morning, President Donald Trump said the attack will have "a big effect" on France's election.

French officials have refused to identify the attacker but he was named as Karim Cheurfi in many reports which said he was known to French intelligence, having previously come to the authorities' attention because of radical Islamist links.

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The 48-year-old National Front leader called for France to "immediately" take back control of its borders from the European Union and deport all foreigners on a terror watch list. That's why French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve announced dramatic security measures.

The two top finishers in Sunday's election will advance to a runoff on May 7.

One of the key questions is how the attack might impact on the vote. However, it was unclear whether Thursday's deadly assault would sway or dissuade the legions of undecided voters.

But Molins, the prosecutor for terrorism cases in France, underscored the challenge of defeating an enemy hiding within. Belgian media said he worked at a petrol station. The Islamic State took credit for the shooting a few hours later.

Two other officers were seriously wounded in the attack in the popular tourist area in central Paris.

"People unfortunately have grown accustomed to such violence", said Emmanuel Riviere of the Kantar Public consultancy firm.

IS has said it was behind the attack. "They would pay a heavy price for that".

It is hard to tell when a radical believer will turn to violence, but in the case of Karim Cheurfi, also known as Abu Yusuf al-Beljiki, violence and hatred for the police was a known factor. Its president, Mickael Bucheron, told AP that the slain officer would have celebrated his 38th birthday at the beginning of May.

Mr Jugelé was among the officers who responded to the gun and bomb attack at the Bataclan concert hall in November 2015, one of a number of places targeted that night that saw the deaths of 130 people.

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