The Phuket News Premier League predictions The Phuket News The Phuket News Kata Rocks
The Phuket News World News
The Phuket News Phuket | Thailand | World | Business | Q&A | Weird World XML, RSS, Feed
The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News

French policeman killed in Paris attack claimed by IS

FRANCE: A known terror suspect shot dead a French policeman and wounded two others this morning (Apr 21) on Paris’s Champs Elysees in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group days before a presidential election.

crime, death, murder, violence, police, military, politics, religion,


AFP

Friday 21 April 2017, 09:21AM


Police check passers-by near the Champs Elysees in Paris after a shooting which left one officer dead and two wounded. Photo: Franck Fife/AFP
Police check passers-by near the Champs Elysees in Paris after a shooting which left one officer dead and two wounded. Photo: Franck Fife/AFP

Observers had long feared bloodshed ahead of Sunday’s (Apr 23) vote in France following a string of atrocities since 2015 and the violence is likely to thrust security to the front of voters’ minds.

The shooter opened fire with an automatic weapon on a police van on the world-famous boulevard at around 9:00pm local time (2am Thai time), prompting tourists and visitors to run for their lives.

After killing the officer and injuring his colleagues just a few hundred metres from the Arc de Triomphe, the gunman was shot dead in return fire while trying to flee on foot, police sources said.

A statement from the Islamic State group published by its propaganda agency Amaq said the attacker was “one of the Islamic State’s fighters”.

The killer, identified as a 39-year-old French man, was known to anti-terror police, sources said, and raids took place at his address in a suburb to the east of Paris.

He was condemned to 15 years in prison in February 2005 on three counts of attempted murder, including against police officers.

The impact on the outcome of the French election is unclear – Sunday is the poll’s first round – but far-right leader Marine Le Pen, her centrist rival Emmanuel Macron, and scandal-hit conservative Francois Fillon cancelled campaign events planned for today.

Up until now, surveys showed voters were more concerned about unemployment and their spending power than terrorism or security, though analysts warned this would change in the event of violence.

The shooting comes two days after the arrest of two men in southern Marseille with weapons and explosives who were suspected of preparing an attack to disrupt the campaign.

French President Francois Hollande promised “absolute vigilance, particularly with regard to the electoral process” and paid tribute to the police.

Anti-immigration contender Le Pen earlier welcomed security moving to the heart of the campaign as she took part in a prime-time interview show alongside 10 other presidential candidates.

“We are suffering the consequences of a laxity that has continued for years,” she said shortly before the shooting, promising to take a hard line against extremists and anyone suspected of being an Islamist.

For weeks, former banker Macron and Le Pen have been out in front but opinion polls now show there is a chance that any of four leading candidates could reach the election’s second-round run-off on May 7.

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

“The first responsibility of the president is to protect,” Macron said on the interview show. “This threat will be part of our daily lives in the next years.”

Fillon, who penned a pre-election book called “Beating Islamic Totalitarianism”, declared that “the fight against terrorism must be the absolute priority of the next president”.

As the first details of the attack filtered through, US President Donald Trump said that “it looks like another terrorist attack. What can you say? It just never ends”.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel sent her condolences.

The bustling Champs Elysees lies in the heart of Paris and is lined with shops and restaurants. It was immediately blocked by armed officers after the attack and nearby metro stations were closed.

“We had to hide our customers in the basement,” Choukri Chouanine, manager of a restaurant near the site of the shooting, said, saying there was “lots of gunfire”.

A spokesman for the interior ministry paid tribute to the fast reflexes of police at the scene who managed to kill the gunman and prevent further bloodshed on a busy spring-time evening.

A foreign tourist was slightly wounded in her knee by shrapnel during the shooting.

France is in a state of emergency and at its highest possible level of terror alert.

The Charlie Hebdo magazine was hit in January 2015, sites around Paris including the Bataclan concert hall were targeted in November the same year, and families at a fireworks display in Nice in July 2016.

In between, there have been a series of smaller attacks, often aimed at security forces.

Thousands of troops and armed police have been deployed to guard tourist hotspots such as the Champs Elysees or other potential targets, including government buildings and religious sites.

In February, a man armed with a machete in each hand attacked soldiers on patrol at Paris’s Louvre Museum. The attacker, a 29-year-old Egyptian, was seriously injured.

And in March, a 39-year-old man was killed at Paris’s Orly airport after attacking a soldier.

 

 

The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Comment on this story
* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.
Comments Here:

Comments Left: Characters
Username:
Password:
E-mail: (No Hotmail, Live, MSN and Outlook accepted at this time)
Security:
   => Forget password?

Be the first to comment.

The Phuket News
The Phuket News The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Share this
The Phuket News
Have a news tip-off? Click here
The Phuket News
Related stories
The Phuket News
Phuket community

Recent Comments


New bar-coded traffic violation tickets not in use in Phuket yet, confirmed

...."As there are many illegal drivers out there"... I think that is hardly the issue, because a illegal driver pays the fine and still c...(Read More)


More smoke than light in e-cigarette row

This is as always about tax revenue and nothing about helping people quit smoking the silly thing is if they did legalize these products and put a tax...(Read More)


More smoke than light in e-cigarette row

This is not about health but about the State tobacco monopoly in Thailand and potential loss of revenue. Only here would they increase cigarette t...(Read More)


Phuket tourists dissatisfied with beach trash and water quality, reveals survey

I agree! The big amount of tourists from Luxembourg not coming to Thailand anymore is a huge factor in the dwindling tourists numbers from European ...(Read More)


Phuket Gov repeats call to solve rubbish, wastewater issues

Snore. Why even keep bringing this up? Nothing is being done to make any difference. I saw somebody pull out in front of me on his motorbike with a dr...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: Hobbled by Bangkok

There is one fundamental issue missing from this article. The fact of local people being elected means 'favortism'(or massive corruption as it...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: Hobbled by Bangkok

As always, a great PN Public Opinion! Problem is: This Governor seems to be abandon/sabotaged by every single Phuket local government department in...(Read More)


Korean tourist 72, saved from drowning off Phuket

A lengthy article which gives no info on how she was "saved from drowning"...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: Hobbled by Bangkok

It says in the opinion that expats helped in the 80's to develop Phuket.30 years later i see here some expats posting with an incredible knowledge...(Read More)


Patong Mayor, PEA drive on to bury communication cables

"The wonders of modern satellite technology" although that part is correct, the rest is not, granted satellites have their place, but there ...(Read More)

The Phuket News
Bangkok Hospital Phuket
PHUKET NEWS
Phuket
Thailand
World
Business
Q A
Weird World
ARCHIVE
POLL
CURRENCY
WEATHER
PHUKET TIDE TABLE
The Phuket News PHUKET LIFE
Phuket Arts
Phuket Community
Phuket Culture
Phuket Dining
Phuket Education
Phuket Entertainment
Phuket Environment
Phuket Health
Phuket People
Phuket Technology
Phuket Travel
World Entertainment
Photo Galleries
COLOURING BOOK
The Phuket News PHUKET SPORT
Phuket
Thailand
World
SURF REPORT
PREDICTIONS
The Phuket News PHUKET CLASSIFIEDS
Phuket Buy and Sell
Phuket Jobs
Phuket Property
Phuket Cars and Boats
Phuket Community
Phuket Services
SEARCH CLASSIFIEDS
POST CLASSIFIED
The Phuket News The Phuket News PHUKET EVENTS
Phuket Event listings
Phuket Event calendar
Buy Tickets
POST EVENT
The Phuket News PHUKET DIRECTORY
Phuket Bars, pubs and clubs
Phuket Hotels and villas
Phuket Restaurants
Phuket Yellow Pages
POST LISTING
The Phuket News BARGAINS
The Phuket News ABOUT US
The Company
Distribution points
Subscribe
Advertise with us
Pay for advert
Contact us
CONTESTS
Content Google Map
Site map
Australian Visa Services
 
Currency - The Phuket News   Weather Report - The Phuket News   Surf Report - The Phuket News
LinkedIn - The Phuket News   Twitter - The Phuket News   YouTube - The Phuket News   Facebook - The Phuket News
Copyright © 2017 Class Act Media. All rights reserved. | Website usage terms and conditions | Privacy and Confidentiality Statement.