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Paris attack will 'probably help' Le Pen in France

Paris attack will 'probably help' Le Pen in France

A Belgian man identified by the media as a potential second suspect in the murder of a French police officer on the Champs Élysées on Thursday night has no connection to the attack, according to two senior Belgian and French security officials.

Investigators believe at this stage that the gunman, 39-year-old Frenchman Karim Cheurfi, was alone in killing a police officer and wounding two others and a German tourist on Thursday night, less than 72 hours before polls open, a French official who discussed details of the investigation with the AP said on condition of anonymity.

"We must all be aware that our security forces do work that is particularly hard, that they are exposed, as one can see again this evening, and that they have the nation's full support", Hollande said. On Twitter, the president predicted it will affect the presidential election. The country was rocked by an attack on Nice a year ago, when 86 people were killed after a truck was driven into crowds on Bastille Day, and Paris in November 2015, when 130 were murdered in coordinated suicide bombings and mass shootings around the city.

Molins said he would reveal the shooter's identity in a press conference Friday, adding that officers were searching the man's residence in Chelles in the Paris suburb of Seine-et-Marne.

Two police officers were injured in the assault, one of whom remains in hospital.

Elena Worms, walking her dog near the Champs-Elysees, called the attack "destabilizing" and said she fears it will "push people to the extremes". ISIS names a man it claims was involved in the attack. He shot two officers in 2001 after being stopped by a police, according to the source.

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Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron, who are facing off in France's May 7 presidential runoff, are attending the ceremony Tuesday in the inner courtyard of the Paris police headquarters. He was convicted in that attack and had a criminal record because of involvement in violent robberies.

"We received an Interpol notice from the Belgians but it had no links to terrorism", a senior French security official said. He was taken into custody but while being questioned grabbed another officer's gun and shot him three times, the source added. But it looks like another terrorist attack.

Quoting President Donald Trump, Pence said "we have to be strong, and we have to be vigilant". But Belgium's interior minister said the pseudonym did not belong to the attacker. "It never ends", the President said.

British Prime Minister Theresa May also spoke to Hollande.

"She's the strongest on borders and she's the strongest on what's been going on in France", Trump said in the Oval Office interview, noting that he was not specifically endorsing the far-right candidate.


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