With first round of the presidential vote taking place on Sunday, Emmanuel Macron accuses rivals of exploiting attacks
France goes to the polls on Sunday with terrorist violence casting a long shadow over its fraught presidential election, after the shooting of a policeman on the Champs Élysées deepened already bitter political divisions.
Candidates with radically opposing visions for the country’s future clashed openly over the response to the killing, claimed by Islamic State less than 72 hours before polling stations open.
Police say two other officers wounded and attacker shot dead in incident described by François Hollande as ‘terrorist in nature’
One policeman has been killed and two wounded in a shooting incident in central Paris, days before the first round of the French presidential election.
Pierre-Henry Brandet, of the French interior ministry, said the attacker opened fire on a police van on the Champs Élysées on Thursday night, killing one officer and seriously wounding two others. He said later that the wounded police officers’ lives were no longer in danger.
Convicted terrorist Larossi Abballa fatally stabs Jean-Baptiste Salvaing before killing officer’s partner in attack claimed by Isis
The French government has denounced an “abject act of terrorism” after a man with a previous terrorist conviction carried out a gruesome knife murder of a police commander and his partner at their home outside Paris in the presence of their three-year-old son.Continue reading...
Eiffel Tower to be lit up in rainbow colours in tribute to those who died, while vigils held across US and in cities worldwide
The Eiffel Tower is to be lit up in the rainbow colours of the LGBT community in solidarity with the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting.
The Paris mayor, Anne Hidalgo, expressed her “compassion, solidarity and affection” for the American people after the attack and said city hall would raise the rainbow flag as well as the stars and stripes.