Paris shooting: Gunman was 'focus of anti-terror' probe

Paris shooting: Gunman was 'focus of anti-terror' probe

Independent centrist Emmanuel Macron said during his TV appearance that it was a president's "first duty to protect" and he expressed his "solidarity" with the police.

Jean-Luc Melenchon, standing for the far left, tweeted: "I strongly feel for the policemen killed and wounded and their families. Terrorist attacks will never go unpunished, accomplices never forgotten."

Islamist militancy is a major issue in the polls after recent mass attacks claimed by IS, with 238 people killed in jihadist attacks in France since 2015, according to data from AFP news agency.

At the White House, US President Donald Trump said people had to be strong and vigilant.

"Our condolences from our country to the people of France," he said. "It looks like another terrorist attack and... what can you say? It just never ends."

In the UK, a Downing Street spokesman said: "The UK strongly condemns the appalling terrorist attack in Paris. The Prime Minister (Theresa May) has tonight passed on her condolences to President Hollande."

German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke of remaining "strong and determined" alongside France.



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