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Paris shooting: Gunman was 'focus of anti-terror' probe Paris shooting: Gunman was 'focus of anti-terror' probe
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The gunman who shot dead a policeman in Paris on Thursday has been identified from papers left in his car, but French officials are yet to release his name.The gunman who shot dead a policeman in Paris on Thursday has been identified from papers left in his car, but French officials are yet to release his name.
Local media say the 39-year-old lived in the city's suburbs, and had been seen as a potential Islamist radical.Local media say the 39-year-old lived in the city's suburbs, and had been seen as a potential Islamist radical.
The gunman wounded two police officers before being shot dead by security forces on the Champs Elysees.The gunman wounded two police officers before being shot dead by security forces on the Champs Elysees.
A pump-action shotgun and knives were found in his car, the French TV station BFMTV reported.A pump-action shotgun and knives were found in his car, the French TV station BFMTV reported.
Another man suspected of possible links to the attack has turned himself in to Belgian police.Another man suspected of possible links to the attack has turned himself in to Belgian police.
French police have also taken three family members of the gunman into custody, Reuters reports, citing a legal source.French police have also taken three family members of the gunman into custody, Reuters reports, citing a legal source.
Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said security forces, including elite units, were fully mobilised ahead of Sunday's presidential elections.Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said security forces, including elite units, were fully mobilised ahead of Sunday's presidential elections.
"Nothing must be allowed to impede the fundamental democratic process of our country," he said after an emergency security cabinet meeting."Nothing must be allowed to impede the fundamental democratic process of our country," he said after an emergency security cabinet meeting.
So-called Islamic State (IS) has said one of its "fighters" carried out the attack.So-called Islamic State (IS) has said one of its "fighters" carried out the attack.
What happened on Thursday on the Champs Elysees?What happened on Thursday on the Champs Elysees?
A car pulled up alongside a police bus just before 21:00 (19:00 GMT) and a man got out, opening fire on the bus with an automatic weapon, Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said.A car pulled up alongside a police bus just before 21:00 (19:00 GMT) and a man got out, opening fire on the bus with an automatic weapon, Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said.
After killing an officer, the man attempted to run away while shooting at other officers, two of whom he injured, the spokesman added.After killing an officer, the man attempted to run away while shooting at other officers, two of whom he injured, the spokesman added.
He was then shot dead by security forces.He was then shot dead by security forces.
Terrified eyewitnesses later recounted scenes of panic as they ran for cover after hearing gunfire.Terrified eyewitnesses later recounted scenes of panic as they ran for cover after hearing gunfire.
The whole of the Champs Elysees was evacuated.The whole of the Champs Elysees was evacuated.
What is known about the attacker?What is known about the attacker?
Paris prosecutor François Molins said shortly after the shootings that "the attacker's identity is known and has been verified".Paris prosecutor François Molins said shortly after the shootings that "the attacker's identity is known and has been verified".
Belgium's interior minister has told VRT public broadcaster that the gunman was a French national.Belgium's interior minister has told VRT public broadcaster that the gunman was a French national.
French media have named him as Karim Cheurfi, although this has not been officially confirmed.French media have named him as Karim Cheurfi, although this has not been officially confirmed.
Mr Cheufi was convicted in the early 2000s of attempted murder in the shooting of two police officers and served several years in prison. Mr Cheurfi was convicted in the early 2000s of attempted murder in the shooting of two police officers and served several years in prison.
More recently the intelligence services identified him as a potential Islamist radical, French media say.More recently the intelligence services identified him as a potential Islamist radical, French media say.
Police have carried out searches at an address in the Paris suburb of Chelles overnight. Police have carried out searches at an address in the eastern Paris suburb of Chelles overnight.
Meanwhile, IS named the attacker as Abu-Yusuf al-Baljiki, in a statement carried by its Amaq news outlet.Meanwhile, IS named the attacker as Abu-Yusuf al-Baljiki, in a statement carried by its Amaq news outlet.
Could the attack influence the elections?Could the attack influence the elections?
The attack took place as the 11 candidates in Sunday's tight presidential election race were engaged in a final joint TV appearance to argue their policies.The attack took place as the 11 candidates in Sunday's tight presidential election race were engaged in a final joint TV appearance to argue their policies.
Three of the four main candidates, centrist Emmanuel Macron, centre-right François Fillon and far-right Marine Le Pen, called off planned events on Friday, which would have been the final day of campaigning.Three of the four main candidates, centrist Emmanuel Macron, centre-right François Fillon and far-right Marine Le Pen, called off planned events on Friday, which would have been the final day of campaigning.
National Front (FN) candidate Marine Le Pen said in a press conference that France should immediately reinstate border checks and expel foreigners who are on security watch lists.National Front (FN) candidate Marine Le Pen said in a press conference that France should immediately reinstate border checks and expel foreigners who are on security watch lists.
Mr Fillon said the fight against "Islamist totalitarianism" should be the next president's priority, calling for better co-operation between world powers. He said he would boost the security services, review the penal code and isolate radical prisoners.Mr Fillon said the fight against "Islamist totalitarianism" should be the next president's priority, calling for better co-operation between world powers. He said he would boost the security services, review the penal code and isolate radical prisoners.
Meanwhile, Mr Macron urged French citizens not to "give in to fear". "What they want is a collapse in morality, what they want is to watch us fall into ruin," he said.Meanwhile, Mr Macron urged French citizens not to "give in to fear". "What they want is a collapse in morality, what they want is to watch us fall into ruin," he said.
After the attack, far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon tweeted: "I strongly feel for the policemen killed and wounded and their families. Terrorist attacks will never go unpunished, accomplices never forgotten."After the attack, far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon tweeted: "I strongly feel for the policemen killed and wounded and their families. Terrorist attacks will never go unpunished, accomplices never forgotten."
Who are the candidates?Who are the candidates?
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Analysis by BBC's Europe editor Katya AdlerAnalysis by BBC's Europe editor Katya Adler
It would easy to assume that Marine Le Pen - so outspoken about security, migration and Islamic fundamentalism - could benefit at the ballot box.It would easy to assume that Marine Le Pen - so outspoken about security, migration and Islamic fundamentalism - could benefit at the ballot box.
But anxious voters may turn, instead, to experienced conservative former Prime Minister François Fillon.But anxious voters may turn, instead, to experienced conservative former Prime Minister François Fillon.
Up until now, four candidates were almost neck-and-neck in the lead in the polls with millions of voters still undecided about who to vote for.Up until now, four candidates were almost neck-and-neck in the lead in the polls with millions of voters still undecided about who to vote for.
It's hard to tell to what extent this attack will affect the outcome, but Emmanuel Macron and Jean-Luc Mélenchon will be all too aware that few see them as foreign and security policy heavyweights.It's hard to tell to what extent this attack will affect the outcome, but Emmanuel Macron and Jean-Luc Mélenchon will be all too aware that few see them as foreign and security policy heavyweights.
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