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One officer was killed and two police officers were seriously wounded when the attacker emerged from a vehicle and used an automatic weapon to shoot at officers outside a Marks & Spencer's department store at the centre of the Champs-Elysees, anti-terrorism prosecutor Francois Molins said.

Cheurfi had been detained toward the end of February after speaking threateningly about police but was then released for lack of evidence, according to that French official and another, who also spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to publicly discuss the probe.

Coming just days after police said they had foiled another planned Islamist attack, arresting two men in the southern city of Marseille, the Champs Elysees shooting dominated the final day of election campaigning.

One policeman was killed and another wounded in a shooting incident in central Paris on Thursday night, a police source said.

Interior ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said it was too early to say what the motive for the attack was, but that it was clear the police officers had been deliberately targeted.

France began picking itself up Friday from another deadly shooting claimed by the Islamic State group, with President Francois Hollande convening the government's security council and his would-be successors in the presidential election campaign treading carefully before voting this weekend.

The Paris prosecutor's office said it had identified the attacker and was looking into whether he acted alone.

The shooting has not officially been declared a terrorist act but anti-terrorist forces are leading the investigation, French President Francois Hollande said.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for Thursday's attack in an unusually quick statement that sowed confusion by apparently misidentifying the gunman. Cazeneuve, the Socialist prime minister, accused the National Front leader of seeking to make political hay from the assault.

The slain officer was 30 years old, Molin said.

"I just want to go home", she said.

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Macron said he canceled campaign stops out of a sense of "decency" and to allow police to concentrate resources on the investigation. The fatal attack on Thursday night was carried out days before presidential elections, which will be held on April 23.

Meanwhile, Mr Macron urged French citizens not to "give in to fear".

The Champs-Elysées has been closed and authorities are telling people to avoid the area.

13 Jun 2016 -A knife-wielding jihadist kills a police officer and his partner at their home in Magnanville, west of Paris.

"It has been the case for a number of months, and we will have absolute vigilance when it comes to the elections", he said, "but everyone will understand that at this hour, my thoughts are with the family of the police who were killed and with those close to the wounded policeman".

The attack unfolded on the famed Champs-Elysees around 9 p.m. local time (3 p.m. ET) when a vehicle stopped in front of a police van, according to French Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre Henry Brandet.

The shooter opened fire with an automatic weapon on a police van on the world-famous boulevard at around 9:00pm local time (2am Thai time), prompting tourists and visitors to run for their lives.

The attack appeared to fit a spreading pattern of European extremists targeting security forces and symbols of state to discredit, take vengeance or destabilize society.

In November, 2015, Paris was rocked by near simultaneous gun-and-bomb attacks on entertainment sites, in which 130 people died and 368 were wounded.

In February, a man armed with a machete in each hand attacked soldiers on patrol at Paris's Louvre Museum.

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