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Paris police shooting gunman named by authorities

The gunman who shot dead a police officer and seriously injured two others on the Champs-Élysées in Paris has been named as Karim Cheurfi.

Officials said he was known to police and was detained in February, but was later released due to a lack of evidence.

Here is what we know:

  • A man believed to be the principal attacker was shot dead at the scene after opening fire on police
  • The slain officer has been identified as Xavier Jugele
  • A second man wanted in connection to the attack has reportedly handed himself in
  • Eyewitnesses said an attacker opened fire with a Kalashnikov gun
  • The counter-terrorism unit in Paris has launched an investigation
  • So-called Islamic State said it was behind the shooting
  • Police raids have been carried out in a suburb east of Paris which is believed to be linked to the attack
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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.

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