Paris shooting assailant not on security watch list

Geneva Matthews
April 28, 2017

He also said the U.S.is committed to a strong Europe, but he didn't say directly whether he prefers that the European Union stay intact. In a tweet expressing its condolences, the Foreign Office said it would continue standing shoulder-to-shoulder with France. A note which praised the so-called "Islamic State" (IS) and named Cheurfi, as one of its "fighters" was found near the attacker.

Islamic State had earlier released a statement crediting Abu Yousif al-Belgiki (Abu Yousif the Belgian) for the terrorist attack. French police are reportedly searching for a possible accomplice who is believed to have arrived in the country from Belgium shortly before the shootings.

Travelers with a big trip coming up usually follow the news carefully, nervous about unforeseen events, like a terrorist attack, that might cause a postponement. Security is high preceding the vote after police said they arrested two men Tuesday in what they described as a thwarted terror attack.

Three of his family members have been placed in detention, the French interior ministry said. Some 7,000 additional soldiers will also be on patrol. "Nothing must be allowed to impede the fundamental democratic process of our country", Cazeneuve told reporters.

The incident happened as the 11 presidential candidates were participating in the final TV debate before the April 23 election.

Four candidates are now seen as being within reach of the presidency: the conservative François Fillon, the far-right leader Marine Le Pen, liberal centrist Emmanuel Macron and the far-left's Jean-Luc Mélenchon.

"This war against us is ceaseless and merciless", she said, accusing the Socialist government of a "cowardly" response to the threat.

"They were running, running", said 55-year-old Badi Ftaïti, who lives in the area. What can you say?

He added: I've heard Madame Le Pen saying again recently that with her in charge, certain attacks would have been avoided.

"From Washington to Moscow, I will take the diplomatic initiative to create an worldwide coalition against Islamist terrorism", he said.

Macron appealed to voters not to succumb to fear. The people of France will not take much more of this. "Will have a big effect on presidential election!" Under French law, if no candidate wins more than half of the votes, the two candidates who earned the most votes will run against each other in a run-off election early next month.

A man got out of a vehicle and targeted the police directly, Ministry spokesman Pierre Henry Brandet said, adding the driver was believed to be on the loose. The Paris prosecutor's office leading the investigation of the Champs-Elysees attack said investigators found a pump-action shotgun and knives in the gunman's vehicle.

He was arrested in February on suspicion of plotting to kill officers but was released because of lack of evidence.

After being pursued by a police officer and his brother, he seriously wounded the two men after shooting with a revolver he was carrying. While in detention, he shot and wounded a prison officer after seizing his gun.

Macron said he would hire an additional 10,000 police officers in the next five years and that he would create a task force under the French Presidency to fight ISIS.

Molins made no comment on other potential suspects.

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