Police said a search was underway at the home east of Paris of an attacker who was shot dead after opening fire on police on the Champs-Elysees, killing one police officer immediately and wounding another.
The Champs Elysees has been cordoned off as have three central Paris metro stations - George V, Champs-Elysees Clemenceau and Franklin Roosevelt. Delivery trucks were making their rounds. The Islamic State (IS) group took the responsibility of shooting via its Amaq news agency while naming the attacker as Abu Yousif al-Belgiki.
A police officer has been killed and two others injured in a suspected terrorist shooting in the centre of Paris.
Earlier this week, two men were arrested in Marseille who police said had been planning an attack ahead of the election. He said officers were "deliberately" targeted.
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French President Francois Hollande, who has convened a meeting of France's Defence Council for Friday morning, said he was convinced the shooting was an act of a "terrorist character".
The famous wide street that leads away from the Arc de Triomphe that had earlier been crowded with Parisians and tourists enjoying a spring evening remained closed off hours after the incident.
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Paris police spokeswoman Johanna Primevert told The Associated Press that the attacker appeared to be acting alone. He says counterterrorism authorities are investigating.
Belgian police have detained five people for questioning in a terrorism case unrelated to the latest one in Paris, the Brussels bombings or the 2015 massacre in the French capital, prosecutors said on Friday. "Some were crying. There were tens, maybe even hundreds of them".
USA president Donald Trump, speaking at a press conference in Washington, said the incident "looks like another terrorist attack" and sent his condolences to France.
In addition to the note near the body of 39-year-old Frenchman Karim Cheurfi, authorities found a Quran in his vehicle at the scene of yesterday's attack, the sources told AFP. A French station hosting a televised event with the 11 candidates briefly interrupted its broadcast to report the shootings, AP reported.
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