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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.

Report: Second man hunted over Champs-Élysées shooting

The shooting near the Eiffel Tower saw a police officer killed along with an attacker. Credit: AP

French police are reportedly hunting for a second man in connection with a suspected terrorist shooting on the Champs-Élysées in Paris.

A spokesperson for the French interior ministry, quoted by Europe 1 radio, said the wanted man was identified by Belgian security services.

Pierre-Henry Brandet said the second suspect was wanted in connection with the killing of a policeman in a shooting in which an attacker was killed.

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Prosecutor: 'Foreign tourist wounded in Paris attack'

One police officer was killed, and two officers and a tourist were injured, in the shooting Credit: APTN

France's anti-terrorism prosecutor has confirmed that a foreign tourist was injured in the Paris shooting.

Francois Molins said "a female foreign tourist was wounded" as reports suggested the unnamed woman had been injured by fragments from the gunshots.

World leaders send condolences in wake of Paris shooting

Forensic experts are still investigating the crime scene after a fatal shooting in which a police officer was killed Credit: AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu

World leaders have been sending their condolences and messages of support to those in France after an armed assailant opened fire on three police officers - killing one and seriously injuring the other two - in Paris.

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull offered his country's prayers for the police officers who were shot as he urged Australian travelers to check for security warnings and be vigilant about their safety.

While U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday's shooting was the "latest reminder that terrorism can strike anywhere, anytime" as he sent condolences and prayers to all those caught up in the attack.

Paris shooting: Suspect '39-year-old from eastern suburb'

Security has been stepped up around the Champs-Elysee following the shooting Credit: AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu

The main suspect in the shooting of three police officers on the Champs-Elysees is believed to be a "39-year-old man from a suburb east of the French capital", according to officials.

Police officials also told the Associated Press that a home in an eastern suburb of Paris that was believed to be linked to the attack had been searched in the wake of the shooting.

Police raids under way in Paris

A police officer was killed and two others seriously injured in the shooting in Paris Credit: AP Photo/Thibault Camus

Police raids are under way in Paris after an armed attacker shot three police officers on the Champs-Elysees.

France's anti-terrorism prosecutor Francois Molins confirmed searches were being carried out in the capital and said that investigators had already verified the identity of the gunman but were trying to determine whether he had accomplices.

He said: "The identity of the attacker is known and has been checked. I will not give it because investigations with raids are ongoing."

Officials confirmed that at least one location in the eastern Paris suburbs was being searched early Friday.

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So-called Islamic State says it is behind Paris shooting

The so-called Islamic State has said it was behind the Paris shooting that left at least one policeman dead and two others wounded.

The claim was made through its affiliated Amaq agency.

It is not clear whether they are claiming to have directed the attack or whether it was simply carried out in their name.

Hollande convinced Paris shooting was terror-related

Francois Hollande Credit: AP

The French president said he was convinced that the shooting of police officers in Paris was a terror-related attack.

Francois Hollande also said he would call an security cabinet meeting at 8am on Friday morning in a brief speech.

He said security forces would be on high alert during the forthcoming presidential election.

"We shall be of the utmost vigilance, especially in relation to the election," he said.

French presidential candidates cancel campaign events

Francois Fillon has confirmed his campaign events are cancelled Credit: AP

French presidential candidate Francois Fillon has cancelled campaign events scheduled for Friday following the shooting in Paris - and called for the election campaign to be suspended altogether.

The shooting on the Champs-Élysées, which left one police officer dead and two seriously injured, took place just days before the first round of voting in the election on Sunday.

According to aides who spoke to Agence France-Presse, National Front candidate Marine Le Pen has also cancelled her planned events.

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