A couple of days before the first round French Presidential Elections, Central Paris became a victim of terrorism once again making the country the most unsafe town of the E.U to live in.
According to the Pierre-Henry Brandet, of the French interior ministry, Thursday 21st night at 9:30, in Champs-Elysees, one gunman named Karim Cheurfi, with automatic Kalashnikov assault rifle, came suddenly from nowhere and started shooting on a police van and killed one police officer and wounded couple of them. Not just that, he also fired on the civilians standing nearby. France police officials retaliated in response and he was shot dead in no time.
According to witnesses, Cheurfi parked a car behind a police van on the Champs-Elysees last Thursday 21st April night and emerged from it with a Kalashnikov rifle and started firing the window of the van. The police officer who was sitting on his seat died immediately.
Karim Cheurfi was born on New Year’ Eve in 1977 in the Livry-Gargan (93160) Suburb of north-eastern Paris.
He was living in the eastern suburb of Chelles after emerging from prison in October 2015 and his lawyer has revealed that he was having a mental disorder and was psychologically ill.
Hours after the attack, news came out from the source close to CNN that the Cheurfi was a French national and he had charges against him of shooting two officers in 2001 after being stopped by a police car. During the interrogation, he also snatched the gun of the police officer and shot him three times.
ISIS issued a statement claiming the responsibility of the attack and said that it was carried out by an Islamic State fighter. The claim came from the statement by the media wing Amaq of the ISIS.
The suspect, who was shot dead by French police, was on the radar of the French domestic security service DGSI, the source said.
Champs-Elysees is one of the major tourist attractions in Paris and millions of visitors visit here, especially the iconic Arc de Triomphe monument. However, the place is shut down by the officials due to security reasons.
The US President Donald Trump did write a tweet by predicting that the attack would have a big effect on presidential election which in fact at least on the first round didn’t have much of an impact since the poll were indeed right.
France has been a victim of Islamic terrorism since 2012 and there is visible anger in the citizens.
The First round of the French Presidential elections is over and results are interesting. Clearly, no one party has gained clear majority and two candidates Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron will runoff for the next round on 7th May. As many election analysts had predicted, the Champs Elysees attacks did not make much impact on the minds of France citizens. Marine Le Pen, the hardcore right wing candidate is on the 2nd run than Emmanuel Macron who got 24.01% votes compared to Le Pen’s 21.30%.