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Paris attack: France beefs up poll security, launches probe

Apr 21, 2017, 6:56 AM EDT
ISIS Paris Shooter was on French police watchlist.
(Source: Hagmann Report/flickr)

France strengthened security deployment for the first round of the presidential election at the weekend after a suspected Islamist radical shot dead a policeman and seriously injured two others on the Champs Elysees shopping avenue in central Paris on Thursday.

According to local television channels, the 39-year-old assailant, gunned down immediately after the attack, was under the radar of French anti-terrorism police, writes Al Jazeera. French prosecutors have launched a terrorism investigation as Islamic State claimed responsibility for the strike.

The deadly attack sparked discussions over the potential impact on the outcome of the French election, notes the BBC. Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, who is known for a tough stance on security, migration and Islamic fundamentalism, could reap the benefits.