Paris shooting: Everything we know the morning after the deadly attack

However, Simchayoff noted, the candidates will most likely respond to the attack in more detail at the end of the first round. Police shot and killed the gunman.

A still image from video footage shows Police investigators inspect the auto used by the attacker on the Champs Elysees Avenue after two policemen were killed and another wounded in a shooting incident in Paris, France, April 20, 2017.

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

French Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet told France's Europe 1 radio Friday that it's too early to tell what role the second suspect played, if any, in the attack. "He shot straight at the police officer".

ISIS released a statement claiming responsibility for the attack, giving the attacker the pseudonym Abu Yusuf al-Beljiki.

The attack prompted far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen to say on Friday that France should reinstate border checks and expel foreigners who are on the watch lists of intelligence services.

"The guy was shooting to police", one witness said. "Will have a big effect on presidential election!" he said, breaking a silence over Sunday's vote in a tweet. "Our thoughts go to officer killed and to the wounded and their families".

France has been in a state of emergency since the 2015 Paris attacks, which left 130 people dead.

Barack Obama spoke to Macron on Thursday about the "important upcoming presidential election in France", a spokesman for the former USA president said.

French police arrested three people overnight following the shooting, local media reported Friday. The Guardian said the suspect was 39, and his home was in Seine-et-Marne, outside Paris.

"We shall be of the utmost vigilance, especially in relation to the election", he said.

Meanwhile, the French government has pulled out all the stops to protect Sunday's vote as the attack deepened France's political divide.

"What our attackers want is death, symbolism, to sow panic (and) to disturb a democratic process, which is the presidential election", he said.

"The Prime Minister has tonight passed on her condolences to President Hollande".

USA vice president Mike Pence said the shooting was the "latest reminder that terrorism can strike anywhere, any time" and his country "will not relent in our effort to end terrorism".

  • Leroy Wright