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France: Paris attack aimed at destabilising country in its 'decisive hours' - Macron00:43

France: Paris attack aimed at destabilising country in its 'decisive hours' - Macron

France, Rouen
April 21, 2017 at 11:41 GMT +00:00 · Published

Following Thursday evening's police shooting in Paris, French independent presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron stated that the attack was aimed at destabilising the country "in its decisive hours when the French people are expected to decide on their future," speaking in Rouen, Friday.

Macron argued that "it is the democracy that is targeted" and that "it is our cohesion that they are trying to destroy" before adding that "under these circumstances, the most important role of the President of the Republic as Chief of the Army and guard of the institutions is to protect the people of France."

One police officer was killed and two others injured during a deadly shooting at the Champs-Elysees in central Paris on Thursday evening. The assailant was reportedly shot and killed by police while attempting to run away. Overnight, armed police raided property at the town of Chelles which is reported to be the family house of the main suspect, identified as Karim Cheurfi, a 39-year-old with previous police record.

The first round of the French presidential election is set to take place on Sunday.

France: Paris attack aimed at destabilising country in its 'decisive hours' - Macron00:43
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Following Thursday evening's police shooting in Paris, French independent presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron stated that the attack was aimed at destabilising the country "in its decisive hours when the French people are expected to decide on their future," speaking in Rouen, Friday.

Macron argued that "it is the democracy that is targeted" and that "it is our cohesion that they are trying to destroy" before adding that "under these circumstances, the most important role of the President of the Republic as Chief of the Army and guard of the institutions is to protect the people of France."

One police officer was killed and two others injured during a deadly shooting at the Champs-Elysees in central Paris on Thursday evening. The assailant was reportedly shot and killed by police while attempting to run away. Overnight, armed police raided property at the town of Chelles which is reported to be the family house of the main suspect, identified as Karim Cheurfi, a 39-year-old with previous police record.

The first round of the French presidential election is set to take place on Sunday.

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