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Paris gunman carried note expressing support for IS

Karim Cheurfi Credit: PA

The attacker in the Paris shootings was named as Karim Cheurfi by Paris prosecutor who said he carried a note expressing support for so-called IS during the attack.

French officials confirmed the identity of the gunman as well as reports that a note defending the terror group was found near his body after he was shot dead in a return of fire.

Police officer killed by Paris gunman is named

Xavier Jugele had previously responded to the terror attack on the Bataclan. Credit: Flag! / AP

The policeman shot dead in by a gunman in central Paris last night has been named as Xavier Jugele by a French policing group.

The Flag! organisation of LGBT officers said that Mr Jugele would have turned 38 in May.

It also emerged that the officer was among those who responded to the deadly terror attack at the Bataclan concert venue in November 2015.

Mr Jugele attended the high-profile re-opening of the venue a year on, telling People magazine he had attended to "to defend our civic values".

He added: "This concert's to celebrate life. To say 'No' to terrorists."

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Local man believed to be 'coward' gunman in Paris attack

French President François Hollande has condemned what he called the "cowardly killing" of a policeman on the Champs-Elysees in Paris.

The gunman - who was shot dead by security forces - has yet to be formally identified but is believed to be a local man.

Two other officers were also injured as one of the world's most iconic boulevards became a scene of terror just two days before one of the most tightly fought presidential elections in decades.

Presidential candidate François Fillon pledged to keep the country under a state of emergency while far-right rival Marine Le Pen called on the government to restore France's borders following the latest attack.

Trump: Shooting will have 'big effect' on French vote

Mr Trump tweeted about the attack Credit: AP

Donald Trump has said the shooting in Paris will have a "big effect" on France's upcoming presidential election.

The US president tweeted: "Another terrorist attack in Paris. The people of France will not take much more of this. Will have a big effect on presidential election!"

In the wake of the shooting the French government has pulled out all the stops to protect Sunday's vote as the attack deepened France's political divide.

"Nothing must hamper this democratic moment, essential for our country," French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said.

Note defending IS 'found next to body of Paris attacker'

Flowers have been placed on the Champs-Elysees in memory of the slain police officer. Credit: AP

A written note defending the so-called Islamic State was found next to the body of the gunman killed after he shot dead a police officer in Paris, Reuters has reported, citing a judicial source.

The hardline militant group has said it directed the attack, which also wounded two other police officers.

Paris gunman 'detained in February for threatening police'

Police at the scene of the shootings on Thursday. Credit: AP

Two French officials have said that the Champs-Elysees gunman was detained in February for threatening police.

The officials - who spoke on the condition of anonymity - said the gunman was detained at the end of the month after speaking threateningly about the police, but later released due to a lack of evidence.

They also reported he was convicted of attempted homicide in 2003 in shootings on two police officers.

A man believed to be the principal attacker was shot dead at the scene, after a police officer was killed and two others seriously wounded.

A second man wanted in connection to the attack is reported to have handed himself into police.

The attack comes just days before France's presidential elections.

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Belgian minister: Paris gunman was French national

The gunman was killed after a shooting in which an officer was killed and two others injured. Credit: AP

The gunman killed in a suspected terror shooting on the Champs-Élysées in Paris was a French national, Belgian's interior minister has told the nation's public broadcaster VRT.

"The investigation is continuing. What we can confirm is that the perpetrator was a French national," Jan Jambon said.

Islamic State militants, who had claimed being behind the attack in which a French policeman was shot dead, had named the attacker as Abu Yousif al-Belgiki.

The naming - via its Amaq news agency - translates as "the Belgian" in Arabic.

Gunman's family detained after Champs-Élysées shooting

A car belonging to an attacker was towed away from the scene of Thursday's shooting. Credit: AP

French police are believed to have detained three family members of the gunman killed in the suspected terror shooting on the Champs-Élysées in Paris.

A legal source confirmed the detentions, which come after a home in an eastern suburb of Paris was searched in the wake of the shooting.

Officials earlier said the main suspect in the shooting of three police officers - one fatally - was a 39-year-old man from the same suburb.

Man sought after Paris shooting 'surrenders to police'

The iconic Champs Elysees boulevard has reopened to traffic following Thursday night's shooting. Credit: AP

A man hunted in connection with a suspected terrorist shooting on the Champs-Élysées in Paris has reportedly handed himself in to police.

The Belga news agency said the man surrendered to Antwerp police.

A spokesperson for the French interior ministry, quoted by Europe 1 radio, earlier said the wanted man had been flagged to French police by Belgian security services.

His nationality was not known.

France ramps up election security after Paris shooting

French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve confirmed Sunday's elections will go ahead as planned. Credit: AP

France will ramp up security to protect the public during voting in the French presidential elections in the wake of the Champs-Élysées attack.

French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said nothing will stop Sunday's elections as he confirmed the government had fully mobilised its security forces, including elite units, to bolster the 50,000 police already on duty.

Thursday evening's fatal shooting of a policeman in Paris came with only days to go until Sunday's national poll - the first round of the two-round election.

Two officers injured by an armed attacker are both out of danger, French officials said.

Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said one of the injured officers was more gravely hurt than the other but both are doing better.

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