A fresh wave of terror has hit Paris with polling in the first-round of the French elections just two days away, as one police officer was killed and two injured after a gunman opened fire on the Champs-Elysees.
French prosecutors have opened a terrorism investigation and President Francois Hollande said he is convinced the shooting was “terrorist in nature”.
The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack that sent scores of tourists fleeing into side streets.
Police secure the Champs Elysees Avenue after one policeman was killed and another wounded in a shooting incident in Paris, France.
French officials say the suspect, who was also shot dead in the incident, was previously flagged as an extremist.
He has been identified by papers left in his car but his name has not been released.
The shooting happened during the final TV appearance for all 11 French presidential candidates ahead of the first round of the election on Sunday, where national security has been a major theme.
One of the key questions was if, and how, the attack might impact voting intentions.
With polling just two days away, and campaigning banned from Friday at midnight, candidates canceled or rescheduled final campaign events ahead of Sunday’s first-round vote in the two-stage election.
The television station hosting the campaign event with the 11 candidates running for president interrupted its broadcast to report the shootings.