Attack puts Paris on high alertIn our news wrap Thursday, Paris remains on high alert after a gunman killed one policeman and wounded two more before killing himself.
French Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said police officers were deliberately targeted in the shooting, but it is too early to say what the motive was.
It was not immediately clear what motivated the attack.
An emergency meeting of security, defense and intelligence top officials would be held on Friday, he said in a televised statement.
There are conflicting reports on whether or not this was a terrorist attack or an attempted armed robbery. BFMTV has not specified if the unidentified man was the attacker or a bystander. "Other policemen engaged and shot and killed the attacker", Brandet said.
President Donald Trump, speaking at a news conference in Washington with the visiting Italian Prime Minister, offered condolences to the people of France after the shooting in Paris, saying it "looks like another terrorist attack".
The attack comes three days before hotly contested presidential elections in France. People have been told to say away from the area, which includes the shopping district popular with tourists.
The incident came as French voters prepared go to the polls on Sunday in the most tightly-contested presidential election in living memory. "It never ends", the President said.
Many police vehicles can be seen on the avenue that passes numerous city's most iconic landmarks.
French police tweeted, "Police intervention underway in the area of the #ChampsElysees avoid the sector and follow the instructions of the police forces". "We have to be strong and we have to be vigilant".
The whole of the Champs Elysees has been evacuated and police vehicles are lined up near a point half way up the avenue around the George V metro station, our correspondent says.
Yvan Assioma of the police union Alliance said: "The exact circumstances are still unclear but I can confirm the tragic death of one of our colleagues". Just two days ago French authorities arrested two men in Marseille who were allegedly planning an attack in a run-up to the election.
A machine gun, two hand guns and three kilos of TATP explosive were among the weapons found at a flat in the southern city along with jihadist propaganda materials according to the Paris prosecutor.
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