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motive unclear at the moment as are the sequence of events confusing.

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Coverage of this unfolding story continues here on BBC News. We have

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a developing story in Paris where there has been a shooting on the

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Champs Elysees. This is from a French news agency

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stating that one police officer has been killed and over the wounded by

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the shooting in the Champs-Elysees, and we are told by the French

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interior ministry that an attacker has been killed. Next I can show you

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live pictures coming into the BBC newsroom. You get an idea of the

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operation underway in the city. Let's bring in Christian Fraser from

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the BBC who is in Paris. What have you heard? Funnily enough Ros I

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started broadcasting with the one hour ago, I saw the police and I

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knew something was wrong, I did not know where it was but I know there

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was a commotion. We are broadcasting here, that is Etoile behind us, the

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traffic is being redirected away from the Champs-Elysees, it's being

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directed towards Concord and the street is empty, they have pulled

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back the cordon towards Etoile and the helicopter is basically making a

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grand circle around the Champs-Elysees. It is going back

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down towards us. Police cars are still moving around, just after we

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had spoken to you clearly the message had gone out on the radio

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that one officer had been shot and they were coming from all

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directions. It was bedlam. There was one unmarked police car that came

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tearing up the Grande Armee desperate to get to the

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Champs-Elysees because they did not know what had happened. The street

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was full of people as it is on beautiful nights like this, people

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walking up and down a very busy street, maybe we passed some of the

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people who came under attack, there is a visible presence of armed

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police on the Champs-Elysees as always. Before we keep talking,

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Christian, let me bring in further developments. The Reuters news

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agency say that three police sources say the shooting in Paris could have

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been an attempt at an armed robbery. Writers have also put out a tweet

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from a police source saying it is probably a terrorist attack. Which

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highlights the fact that we don't know who's responsible, we don't

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know what has happened yet. And as ever with these situations you have

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to be careful about what conclusions jump to. The city is on a high state

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of alert. We are three days from a general election and there are

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plenty of people in France who would like to disrupt it, so serious is it

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that the police are bringing in private security guards to help man

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some polling stations. We are still in a state of emergency in France,

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it has been extended and they will be on the highest state of alert

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particularly after what has gone on. You are right to put caution on it.

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It is a busy street, lots of jewellers shops on that street, it

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could easily have been an armed robbery as well as it could have

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been a terror attack. Stay with us peace. We will highlight where the

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attack took place. If we go in closely you can see the

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Champs-Elysees is marked. I can see one eyewitnesses quoted as saying

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that a man got out of a car and began shooting with a Kalashnikov.

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The BBC can't confirm that at the moment. Let's bring up the

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newswires, which are coming through. Apparently one shot was fired as the

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car stopped at a red light. All the latest news reports coming in. Let's

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listen to a police warning to people on the Champs-Elysees. You have to

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stay back. Please stay back. Ladies and gentlemen, stay back, please. I

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mean, look exactly where this attack will have taken place. This is the

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Champs-Elysees, one of the most famous roads, not just in France, in

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the world. We are still getting more details on precisely where the

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attack happened. Let's speak to James Reynolds who is monitoring

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this story from the BBC newsroom in Paris. What information do you have,

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James? We are keeping an eye on the French channels. They suggest

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something similar to what you have said, there was a car, in which

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there was an attacker, these initial reports say he got out and fired

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towards the police. There are other questions to be answered, were the

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others in the car, what's happened to that car, with the police

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targeted, remember there are lots of police on the Champs-Elysees. Our

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colleague Christian Fraser has brought these pictures. I was on a

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side street possibly moments after the shooting happened, my colleagues

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and I were simply walking towards the Champs-Elysees, we saw a small

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group of people running towards us, we from the Champs-Elysees, looking

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panicked, one woman said that had been a man with a gun, we could not

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get much more information from her. And then we saw the police taking

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control of the small side road from the Champs-Elysees ordering people

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to stay inside. This evening all the main residential candidates, all 11

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of them are taking part in a big television event. If that's

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continuing? Have they commented on this? They have been commenting on

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Twitter. I haven't followed the progress of the debate, I did manage

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to watch the first three or four segments including one where Marine

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Le Pen talked about the issue of what she called terrorism. Clearly

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this news has dominated and the candidates have wanted to express

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themselves and get their points of view out on Twitter. If you are just

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tuning in, that has been a shooting on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. We

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don't know the circumstances, we don't know the motivation. We have

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had contradictory claims on that. We are best not going down the road of

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speculation. What we do know is that it has happened on the

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Champs-Elysees. Confirmation from the French interior ministry, they

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say that police officers were deliberately targeted. Let me bring

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up another piece of information, police sources say that two

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attackers were involved and one was killed. I was just speaking to my

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colleague about that important TV debate in France, we have heard that

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has been suspended. Each presidential candidate was going to

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be quizzed in front of a sizeable audience across the country but that

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will not be continuing as normal because of what is happening in

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Paris. The police, as often happens in these emergency situations, are

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using social media to communicate, one tweet recommends that you avoid

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the area of the Champs-Elysees and as James and Christian have

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explained they had to move, because of the police coming in again,

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police intervention under Way, avoid the sector, follow the instructions

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of the police forces. Let's speak to Anne-Elisabeth Moutet, a

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journalist who often joins us here. You don't live far away, what have

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you heard? I heard it on my computer before I looked outside but I was

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wondering why helicopters were in the sky because they are flying over

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Paris and normally that's forbidden. I live at the corner of two streets,

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one block off the Champs-Elysees, and I could see police cars in my

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street, and it was very obvious that it was to get on the street to go to

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the Champs-Elysees, so the whole thing was being cordoned off. And

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then of course I got the news by television and Twitter. And they

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talked about and attack, announced by the interior minister who said

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that there had been a deliberate attack against a French police

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officer and that the assailants were both dead. What I did not know, and

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had only recently, is that one of the policeman is also dead. This

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happened in a segment of the Champs-Elysees we have many

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shoppers, many tourists, many restaurants, and that would have

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been a place where at any time of the evening, especially the early

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evening, you would have close to 100,000 people between the top on

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the bottom of the street so potentially a place where you could

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have a disaster. I was going to ask you, even at this time of the

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evening it would be a busy place. Hugely busy. It's the time when it

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is most busy in the day. Early evening, people are about to go and

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see movies at the second show or they are just coming out of movies

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and there are lots of restaurants and many shops and open in the

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evening. That would be more of an incentive. If you think of something

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that would be a combination of Leicester Square and Oxford Street

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in London, that is what it is. Anne-Elisabeth, can you give us an

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idea of the scale of the operation that is underway at the moment? The

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incident itself didn't involve many people but now you've got police and

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Stanley Avenue, police in the side street and helicopters overhead. --

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you've got police along the Avenue. Every president, every mayor in

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Paris is aware that everyone in world knows about this Avenue so it

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is the place that is the most protected, it has Brazilians and

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people from outside the city and tourists, and weekends you have one

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third of a million people there every day. And you have the Ely is a

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palace which is just behind a row of trees just up the bottom of the

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Avenue, so that's many reasons for the place to be protected.

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Anne-Elisabeth, thank you very much, for the moment. We appreciate your

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help in covering this story. A couple of other things to share with

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you. A French Interior Ministry spokesperson said that the motives

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for the shooting are unknown. Bear in mind that message from the French

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interior ministry when I show you this wire that has come in from

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Reuters, President Trump has offered his condolences after the killing of

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a police officer, saying it looks like another terrorist act. Let's

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bring in Christian Fraser of the BBC in the Champs-Elysees. Just to

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reiterate, we don't know how to describe this at the moment, do we?

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No, we don't. I did see mobile phone footage from the Champs-Elysees,

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somebody running this we showed me and he showed me shots on the mobile

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phone because he had recorded them, I could not hear the sound because

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of the traffic that people were running in all directions, and as

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Anne-Elisabeth has just described, the police were on the scene very

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quickly. I can see just at the top of the Champs-Elysees armed police

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on both sides of the road. Hotels are just down that side of the

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Champs-Elysees is presumably people are being kept indoors. They are

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still making sure that there is no one out there. We see the helicopter

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going round the Champs-Elysees, just moments ago they turned the

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floodlight on the helicopter and they were pointing it down onto an

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area to the right-hand side of the Champs around the area of the George

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V Metro station. Police down the side streets, not all the side

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streets but keeping a wary eye on what is going on in this part of

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town. It is much quieter than it would normally be. It would be quite

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busy in this area, eight o'clock local time, and now you can only see

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a smattering of traffic which is normally very busy at this time is

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right. Please stay with us. Some other elements, CBS News has quoted

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President Trump saying this looks like another terrorist attack but

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we've had no confirmation from the authorities that it is.

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A counterterrorism office has opened an investigation but it is an

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investigation and no more, this is particularly relevant to those of

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you watching on the BBC News Channel, the British Embassy is in

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contact with local authorities and is seeking further information

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following the reports of this shooting incident in Paris.

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Christian, to come back to you, can you give us an idea for the viewers

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who are not watching about an hour ago of the sudden influx of

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emergency vehicles? It was very quick. We work broadcasting at about

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ten to eight. Suddenly from all directions police cars were coming

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towards us, unmarked police cars as well. The most dramatic moment at

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the foot of where we are broadcasting is that there's a sort

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of traffic light and a pedestrian crossing and a pedestrian almost got

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hit by a policeman who was driving as quickly as he could to get to the

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scene. Clearly a message had gone out on the radio that they needed to

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respond, we have seen the helicopter overhead for about the past hour,

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and very quickly as well. And also at the underpass. It is an area that

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people use to get to the other side of the Champs-Elysees. The policeman

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I spoke to, I said, what is going on and he didn't want to talk at all,

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you was very jumpy so obviously he knew something serious had happened

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to one of his colleagues. We were talking about terrorism as we would

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do in the context of like this. We were whether former Europe minister

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tonight. He came to do an interview with us for 100 Days. I knew his

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background, he was on the intelligence committee that wrote

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the intelligence legislation and I asked if he thought it might affect

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things this weekend. He said it certainly in the minds of some

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voters the terror threat is there and it might encourage some people

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to vote from Marine Le Pen but in the context of our question I am

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always intrigued about how severe the terror threat is. He said that

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from what he had seen there was something like 15,000 people in

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France that the security services need to watch. Not saying that they

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all severe threats but 15,000 people at any one time that have to be

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watched. And he said, whatever happens the other side of this

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election we need to step up our security and resources we have of

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the intelligence agencies so that they can keep track of these people.

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Christian, thank you, we will come back to you within the hour on

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Outside Source. If you are just joining us, there has been a

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shooting on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, one police officer has been

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killed, we don't know the motivation behind this incident. The reaction

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from Marine Le Pen, leader of the National front in France, one of the

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four main candidates to be the next president, she says in motion and

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solidarity for our security forces, again being targeted. In the most

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famous road in Paris, the Champs-Elysees, there is the Arc de

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Triomphe which we saw just behind Christian as he was talking to us,

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it runs away from that. The newswires are giving updates all the

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time on this story. APR says one police officer has been killed and

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another injured, and one attacker has been shot dead, according to the

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police. This is really important. The French interior minister says it

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is too early to say what the motive is for this attack. We are busy

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working on this story in the BBC newsroom in London, James Reynolds

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is in Paris, what else can you tell us, James? To recap what you have

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just said, Ros. Metro stations along the Champs-Elysees have been closed,

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entirely understandable, given the police presence on the

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Champs-Elysees. Like Christian Fraser we have heard the police

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helicopters overhead. We know that the police are in control of the

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roads next to the Champs-Elysees and to reiterate what Christian said,

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this still feels like a live operation. They need to identify who

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the attacker was. Was he known to the police, was involved in other

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activities? Were there any accomplices, this activity will have

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to go quickly before they can reassure people that this live

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operation is over. Would it have been normal for police officers to

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be on the Champs-Elysees on a regular evening? On some regular

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evenings, yes, given the context of the last few years, if you go down

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the Champs-Elysees at any point in the last few years you might well

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have seen police officers and possibly soldiers as well, this

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morning I saw police officers blocking one particular pathway down

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from the Arc de Triomphe. I have seen soldiers in camouflage on one

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side St today. You see them so often that you barely notice them any

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more. As I was out early in the evening and seen people running

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away, already in the distance I saw what looked like two sirens, just

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reiterating what Christian Fraser said, although he was in a different

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location, the police were on the scene quickly because they had been

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deployed along the Champs-Elysees in case anything like this happened.

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James, I want to bring up one newswire that has come into the BBC

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Newsline. Reuters is quoting a police source saying the gunman

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killed in the shooting was known to the security services. We have no

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more information on that but it is interesting, as the different

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politicians respond to this even before we know what has happened, it

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is becoming inevitably politicised. It is in the first few minutes when

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we were still not sure what was happening.

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As far as we can say, the politicians believe this was a

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terrorist attack. We need to be cautious and work out what the

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motivation is. I think it might be significant, especially of the

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police knew who this person was. The police have had a lot of people in

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France under surveillance for different reasons. They did know who

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this person was they might have been able to identify the motivations and

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importantly for French people, whether that person was connected to

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a wider network of people. I just want to show a couple of stills that

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have come into the BBC newsroom. This gives an idea of the operation

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taking place on the Champs-Elysees. We cannot emphasise this enough. It

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is too early to identify a motive in the Paris attack, although if we go

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back to the newswires, Donald Trump has been offering his condolences,

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after the killing of a police officer, saying that it looks like

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another terrorist attack. We have a clip of President Trump responding

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to this which I can play you now. Our condolences from this country to

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the people of France, again it has happened, I saw it as I was walking

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in. It is a terrible thing, a very very terrible thing going on in the

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world today but it looks like another terrorist attack and what

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can you say? It just never ends. We have to be strong and we have to be

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vigilant and I have been saying and for a long time. Back to James

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Reynolds in Paris. Just for people joining us are we certain that one

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police officer has lost their life? Off that is what the authorities say

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at this stage. In terms of what the authorities are saying, this is what

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they are broadcasting to the media, to the people in France. The picture

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that is being painted by the French interior ministry spokesperson is

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that there was a shooting near the Champs-Elysees, targeting lease

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officers, that needs to be confirmed, one officer was killed,

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we understand from broad reports broadcast on French TV that the

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attacker was killed. Recent reports suggest that the attacker was known

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at the police. That could be very significant in helping police

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analyse the motivation and the network, if any, of the attacker.

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James, for the moment, thank you. We will come back to you in the next

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few minutes on Outside Source. That has been political reaction to what

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has happened in Paris, the Socialist candidate says, my thoughts are with

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the family of the policeman, Benoit Hamon using the word terrorism.

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Marine Le Pen saying, emotion and solidarity for our security forces

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again targeted. Back to Christian Fraser. Some newswires say there

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have been further gunshots. What more can you tell us? More shots

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have been fired near the Champs-Elysees, see news reports,

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although we have not heard them here. Francois Hollande has been in

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the presidential headquarters, wanting to call his senior ministers

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to talk about what has happened. The French newspaper Anne-Elisabeth

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Moutet says the attacker stopped near the Champs-Elysees, got out,

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shot at the police officers and was shot as he ran away. As James said

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we still get the sense, watching the helicopter and the activity around

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the area at the moment that there still is a live police operation

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under way. I am not sure that they are certain that there isn't someone

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else they are looking for. If those reports are true, and do bear in

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mind that people are pretty jumpy up the moment, so any loud noises

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people might well jump to conclusions about, but according to

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Reuters there have been other shots fired near the Champs-Elysees. And

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sifting through the information coming in. It's difficult to work

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out if we are talking about one person acting alone or two or three

:25:33.:25:38.

people. What have you heard? Only what you are hearing at the moment,

:25:39.:25:42.

which is that one police officer may have lost his life and another may

:25:43.:25:48.

have been injured. One of the attackers may have been killed. Let

:25:49.:25:52.

me show you something that we witnessed when we were standing here

:25:53.:25:57.

broadcasting with you a little earlier. Can you see this on the

:25:58.:26:04.

computer? This was a bus parked on the other side of Etoile. It was

:26:05.:26:12.

going around the roundabout and suddenly the police cars surrounded

:26:13.:26:15.

the bus and stopped it. I don't know what they thought was on it, there

:26:16.:26:20.

were plenty of buses around but this one they had a particular focus on.

:26:21.:26:24.

They pulled everyone who was on the bus off. They had their body armour

:26:25.:26:31.

on, they were armed police, heavily armed police surrounding it, and it

:26:32.:26:36.

was therefore probably about half an hour to one hour before the bus

:26:37.:26:41.

moved off. Does that tell us that they were looking for someone else?

:26:42.:26:46.

I don't know because they had shot the attacker on the Champs-Elysees

:26:47.:26:50.

according to the reports we've heard but if they stopped this bus is

:26:51.:26:53.

possible they thought that someone else was on the run and maybe that

:26:54.:26:59.

person had got onto a bus at the top of the Champs-Elysees and was trying

:27:00.:27:04.

to get away from the scene, it was interesting that they picked on that

:27:05.:27:08.

particular bus. Thank you, Christian. There has been a shooting

:27:09.:27:11.

on the Champs-Elysees in the centre of Paris. These are live pictures.

:27:12.:27:17.

The Reuters news agency says shots have been fired at a new location

:27:18.:27:21.

near the Champs-Elysees. That's according to a police source. The

:27:22.:27:26.

police have said that one police officer has lost their life and

:27:27.:27:31.

another has been injured. The French interior ministry has emphasised

:27:32.:27:34.

explicitly that they do not know the motivation behind what happened on

:27:35.:27:39.

the Champs-Elysees. Just to highlight to those of you watching,

:27:40.:27:43.

many of you will know this very famous avenue, right in the centre

:27:44.:27:51.

of Paris with the Arc de Triomphe at one end of it. Let's speak to

:27:52.:27:57.

Christian Fraser again. We talked about the political context of this,

:27:58.:28:03.

the other context is the fact that Paris has experienced many traumas

:28:04.:28:06.

involving attacks in the last 18 months. I think it has an

:28:07.:28:13.

accumulative effect on the population in Paris especially on a

:28:14.:28:17.

night like this. It was interesting as an observer to watch how people

:28:18.:28:22.

reacted to what was going on. As soon as police started going in one

:28:23.:28:30.

direction, we saw a group of youngsters who had come to look at

:28:31.:28:35.

the eternal flame and they were told to clear Etoile as quickly as they

:28:36.:28:40.

could and immediately they panicked. Maybe the rumour of gunshots had

:28:41.:28:43.

gone around, but they started running everywhere and it was

:28:44.:28:46.

difficult for the police to control them and keep everyone calm.

:28:47.:28:51.

Everyone jumps to the same conclusion because they have bitter

:28:52.:28:56.

experience of previous attacks. It is not only the Charlie Hebdo attack

:28:57.:29:02.

and the Bataclan attack which were horrendous, but peppered through

:29:03.:29:04.

those months there have been countless attacks on the police. And

:29:05.:29:10.

according to the French media wires that I can see, they claimed the

:29:11.:29:14.

police were specifically targeted in this attack. We've seen policemen

:29:15.:29:28.

before stabbed from behind, in La Defense, while protecting the

:29:29.:29:31.

public, they are conscious that they are targets for someone who might

:29:32.:29:34.

come up behind them and they don't expect it to try to hurt one of them

:29:35.:29:39.

and kill one of them. It sounds as if it might have been the case

:29:40.:29:45.

tonight. Christian, thank you. For those viewers just joining us, let's

:29:46.:29:49.

remind ourselves of what is happening. There's been a shooting

:29:50.:29:53.

in the Champs-Elysees in the centre of Paris, one police officer has

:29:54.:29:58.

lost his or her life, the authorities say another has been

:29:59.:30:00.

wounded. There are other elements to the story which we can bring you.

:30:01.:30:05.

Some of which are confirmed, others not. This is the Reuters news agency

:30:06.:30:11.

picking up on what Christian said. There are reports that shots had

:30:12.:30:15.

been fired at a new location near the Champs-Elysees, according to one

:30:16.:30:19.

police source speaking to Reuters. Know the political reaction as well.

:30:20.:30:25.

Remember it is round one of the French presidential election on

:30:26.:30:26.

Sunday. His use of the word terrorism is

:30:27.:30:59.

significant because over the last hour, the French Interior Ministry

:31:00.:31:03.

has emphasised we do not know the nature of this attack. I want to

:31:04.:31:07.

bring up a couple of other newswires coming into the BBC newsroom.

:31:08.:31:16.

Reuters quoting a police source, say a second policeman has died from

:31:17.:31:20.

wounds of the Paris shootings. We knew that one person had lost their

:31:21.:31:26.

life. According to Reuters, we do not have this confirmed, but they

:31:27.:31:29.

had been correct on all the other elements of the story so far,

:31:30.:31:33.

reporting a second policeman has lost their life. The nearby stations

:31:34.:31:40.

to the Paris Metro had been closed and we can bring in the BBC's

:31:41.:31:45.

Christian Fraser again. In terms of what is happening in and around...

:31:46.:31:52.

Hi, Christian. I am just watching the helicopter. Apart from the

:31:53.:32:00.

Champs-Elysees itself, are people able to move around within the area

:32:01.:32:05.

quite easily? Yes, but there are not a lot of people. A public

:32:06.:32:10.

announcement has gone out, urging people to stay away from the

:32:11.:32:16.

Champs-Elysees. That seems to have been led by people in this area.

:32:17.:32:21.

There are very few people on the pavements at the moment. The people

:32:22.:32:28.

are being directed from other areas, directed away from the

:32:29.:32:33.

Champs-Elysees. I can still see, down the Champs-Elysees, there are

:32:34.:32:37.

armed police in prominent positions up and down the Champs-Elysees, near

:32:38.:32:40.

some of the restaurants and hotels. What I do not know is whether people

:32:41.:32:44.

have been allowed to leave restaurants or whether they had been

:32:45.:32:47.

kept in place until they are absolutely sure there is no one

:32:48.:32:53.

still out there. But still a lot of police activity going on. You can

:32:54.:32:58.

probably see some of the flashing blue lights. They moved from the

:32:59.:33:04.

underpass, they have left the scene at the moment, maybe they had been

:33:05.:33:09.

moved forward onto the Champs-Elysees, but generally it is

:33:10.:33:13.

reasonably quiet and secure now. The helicopter appears to have moved to

:33:14.:33:17.

a different part of the city, it is not circulating around the

:33:18.:33:20.

Champs-Elysees for the moment. All the while we are talking, more

:33:21.:33:24.

information is coming in. Let's bring more of that for you.

:33:25.:33:28.

According to a police source talking to Reuters, police are searching the

:33:29.:33:33.

home of the person who carried out the attack on the Champs-Elysees. We

:33:34.:33:41.

have also seen wire copy coming in that the authorities are saying this

:33:42.:33:45.

person was known the authorities. This is also relevant, this from

:33:46.:33:49.

Reuters will stop the counterterrorism office open an

:33:50.:33:54.

investigation into the shooting, one of the gunmen was killed in the

:33:55.:33:58.

attack was known to the security forces. That phrase, one of the

:33:59.:34:02.

gunmen, is interesting because there is a huge amount of uncertainty

:34:03.:34:05.

around whether this attack was carried out by one person or more.

:34:06.:34:10.

Some reports have said one, other have said more. They cannot be

:34:11.:34:15.

certain at all at the moment. If you are just joining us, many of you

:34:16.:34:19.

watching will have been to Paris, and you will certainly have been to

:34:20.:34:23.

the Champs-Elysees. We have the Arc de Triomphe and the road comes away

:34:24.:34:30.

from that to the east. It is one of the most famous roads and do world.

:34:31.:34:37.

One journalist who lived closest to the Champs-Elysees, they said even

:34:38.:34:41.

in the evening this would've been incredibly busy. Let's update you on

:34:42.:34:45.

a couple of other elements to the story. We have heard Francois Fillon

:34:46.:34:52.

paying tribute to the security forces. As we were discussing, even

:34:53.:34:57.

though we do not know the very nature of this attack, already it is

:34:58.:35:02.

becoming politicised the different candidates for the presidency

:35:03.:35:05.

offering their condolences and, in some cases, their thoughts about

:35:06.:35:12.

what has happened. Let's bring in a security expert. Thank you for your

:35:13.:35:18.

time. With a story and situation unfolding like this, what will be

:35:19.:35:21.

the priorities of the security forces on the Champs-Elysees? One of

:35:22.:35:27.

the key issues will be to try to control information that will be

:35:28.:35:33.

circulating around, and it will be to try to gather as much evidence as

:35:34.:35:38.

they possibly can, again in peace times when most of us will have some

:35:39.:35:42.

kind of camera within our phones. They will try to get as much

:35:43.:35:47.

evidence as they can, particularly as reports are led to believe. One

:35:48.:35:51.

of the gunmen potentially is on the run. In terms of communication with

:35:52.:35:59.

the concerned public, presumably that has to remain a priority, even

:36:00.:36:03.

though the police may not know exactly what is happening? No,

:36:04.:36:10.

absolutely. They're in mind what a cosmopolitan city Paris is, much

:36:11.:36:15.

like London when we had the Westminster attack recently, there

:36:16.:36:19.

will try to get the that not only to the local residents, but also all

:36:20.:36:24.

foreign visitors. The Champs-Elysees is such a representative sight of

:36:25.:36:33.

Paris, and this is the ideal target particularly by some terrorist

:36:34.:36:38.

affiliated groups because it is the capital and internationally

:36:39.:36:44.

recognised. Police will control this local area as much as possible,

:36:45.:36:50.

particularly as there may be other strands to this. One cannot presume

:36:51.:36:55.

there isn't these days. They will control people indoors and the local

:36:56.:37:01.

areas and then ultimately making sure other people do not come into

:37:02.:37:07.

this catchment area. Stay with us. Earlier, I mentioned that we had

:37:08.:37:13.

potential reports of another shooting close to the

:37:14.:37:16.

Champs-Elysees. Paris police have confirmed to the BBC that that

:37:17.:37:20.

reporter for the gunfire was a force report. People were claiming there

:37:21.:37:28.

were further gunshots. Since we have contacted the resume police who have

:37:29.:37:32.

said that was a force report. Will, it highlights the amount of

:37:33.:37:41.

disinformation and in misinformation the authorities are sifting through.

:37:42.:37:46.

Absolutely. One only has to look at Twitter a look at the various

:37:47.:37:50.

reports coming in from different sources. Even the BBC will resort to

:37:51.:37:55.

Twitter to try to gather as much information as they can. News

:37:56.:38:01.

agencies like yourself has a bigger job as the police do, sifting

:38:02.:38:05.

through information, following up on reports, and it is not uncommon that

:38:06.:38:09.

we will hear of simultaneous attacks or other reports of attacks within

:38:10.:38:15.

proximity or possibly close by, and again this could be from a variety

:38:16.:38:21.

of different elements, it could be from individuals who heard the

:38:22.:38:25.

initial attacks, and particularly in a city where sound can travel

:38:26.:38:29.

extensively, it can be leading to greater levels of concern. This is

:38:30.:38:33.

why the authorities will need to come up with a formal statement

:38:34.:38:38.

pretty quickly to again reassure the general public that they have

:38:39.:38:41.

control of the situation. One further question, we all being told

:38:42.:38:48.

this attack was known to the authorities. In those circumstances

:38:49.:38:52.

presumably they are able to move much faster in investigating.

:38:53.:38:56.

Absolutely. The French had been playing catch-up game since some of

:38:57.:39:01.

the earlier attacks, particularly Charlie Hebdo, which was a wake-up

:39:02.:39:07.

call for them. But because quite a few of the notable attacks in the

:39:08.:39:12.

last year or so have come from a variety of different areas, the

:39:13.:39:14.

concern right now is that ultimately, they need to have

:39:15.:39:20.

immediate triggers of any particular names to ensure that if they do

:39:21.:39:26.

recognise is a perpetrator's name, they can follow that lead very

:39:27.:39:29.

quickly. We appreciate your time, thank you very much for joining us.

:39:30.:39:36.

In the last few minutes, I have brought you there is political

:39:37.:39:44.

reactions. The far left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon saying, my

:39:45.:39:47.

thoughts to the police and their families. Jean-Luc Melenchon

:39:48.:39:55.

describing this as a terrorist act while the authorities are saying

:39:56.:40:02.

they did not know the motivation. Let me check again, the news wires

:40:03.:40:09.

coming in here. President Armand is holding a crisis meeting with the

:40:10.:40:14.

Prime Minister and interior Minister as you would expect with a situation

:40:15.:40:17.

like this unfolding. Here is what one eyewitness had to say. We were

:40:18.:40:29.

moving towards a car and then I heard two or three shots but I did

:40:30.:40:32.

not realise they were shots to start with. Then there was panic all

:40:33.:40:37.

around, everyone started running down the Champs-Elysees by instinct.

:40:38.:40:40.

I did not stop to work out what was going on, I just ran. Police were

:40:41.:40:46.

already in place, blocking the road with the trucks, I took shelter

:40:47.:40:50.

behind them. I did not have time to do anything other than just run

:40:51.:40:54.

away. The French Interior Ministry... It is saying they are

:40:55.:41:00.

assessing the vehicle of the assailant with regards to the attack

:41:01.:41:04.

on the Champs-Elysees. It can also show you some of the Stills coming

:41:05.:41:11.

in of the police operation underway. Particularly because of what has

:41:12.:41:14.

happened in Paris over the last couple of years, the response to

:41:15.:41:19.

this incident has been considerable, as you would expect. Let's bring

:41:20.:41:27.

back Ken James in Paris. Please bring us date with what you have

:41:28.:41:34.

got. I want to repeat a report on the Reuters news agency, suggesting

:41:35.:41:38.

police are carrying out a search at the attacker's home east of Paris.

:41:39.:41:43.

In the last 30 or 40 minutes, we have brought you those reports,

:41:44.:41:46.

suggesting they knew who the suspected attacker was. Those

:41:47.:41:51.

reports have developed and suggest the police are carrying out a search

:41:52.:41:55.

of the person's house. It is important because they will want to

:41:56.:41:59.

work at exactly who he was, why he might have carried out this attack

:42:00.:42:04.

and whether or not he was working with any others. In that last

:42:05.:42:08.

question is critical, as the police try to work out if it is over or if

:42:09.:42:13.

there are other people they need to go look for. We had this interesting

:42:14.:42:16.

situation with the police are saying, we did not know what is

:42:17.:42:21.

behind this attack, the already very high profile politicians are calling

:42:22.:42:27.

it an act of terrorism. Yes, and you can almost imagine politicians

:42:28.:42:32.

thinking there is no harm in condemning terrorism as soon as they

:42:33.:42:36.

hear of an attack on the police, it does them no harm even if it turns

:42:37.:42:41.

out the attack had other motives. Very early on after we had the

:42:42.:42:45.

report, there was one initial report from the police suggesting it was a

:42:46.:42:50.

terrorist attack. There are suggestions it might possibly be a

:42:51.:42:54.

robbery. We have not seen anything further than that because at the

:42:55.:42:58.

moment, there are reports that the man was known to the police only.

:42:59.:43:04.

Let me bring you another few updates. The Prime Minister has

:43:05.:43:07.

taken to Twitter to pay tribute to the policeman killed in the attack

:43:08.:43:12.

tonight, falls to his family and solidarity with the injured

:43:13.:43:15.

colleagues and relatives. To reiterate to you, we have heard from

:43:16.:43:22.

Donald Trump as well, who was offered his condolences to the

:43:23.:43:24.

people of France after the killing of the police officer in Paris,

:43:25.:43:29.

saying it looks like another terrorist act. Donald Trump has been

:43:30.:43:34.

meeting the leader of Italy. We were expecting to be covering the joint

:43:35.:43:38.

press conference but that's not happened for obvious reasons, but

:43:39.:43:42.

Donald Trump is offering his condolences to the people of France

:43:43.:43:46.

because of a terrorist act let's bring in James again. We talked

:43:47.:43:53.

earlier that the authorities had said one person had died, Voigt is

:43:54.:43:57.

then carried a report saying a second police officer had died, are

:43:58.:44:01.

we able to confirm that yet? I am reading something I have seen on

:44:02.:44:08.

social media. Second police officer has succumbed to his wounds. Those

:44:09.:44:14.

reports coming from various police federations, saying there is a

:44:15.:44:18.

second police officer who has been killed. We have not yet heard that

:44:19.:44:22.

from the government, the Interior Ministry, and as French people know

:44:23.:44:27.

all too well, it is the Interior Ministry to whom they have to turn

:44:28.:44:31.

the term for updates on nights or days like this. Tell us about the

:44:32.:44:36.

Champs-Elysees. If anyone wants to drive up it, can the? They can.

:44:37.:44:41.

Earlier today, when I was coming in from the airport, it was very

:44:42.:44:45.

difficult to get down from the Arc de Triomphe. We had to use side

:44:46.:44:50.

roads because the police had blocked off one Particular Rd heading down

:44:51.:44:54.

from the Arc de Triomphe which caused a lot of traffic jams. It

:44:55.:44:59.

would not have been easy to get down from one side to another but later

:45:00.:45:05.

on, I saw traffic going in both directions and I did not notice...

:45:06.:45:09.

It would been unheard of to have checkpoints on either side of the

:45:10.:45:12.

Champs-Elysees. If there was an attacker who wanted to drive along

:45:13.:45:16.

the Champs-Elysees and then find police officers on either side of

:45:17.:45:20.

the road, that would've been doable. In terms of how many people carried

:45:21.:45:25.

this attack out, one person was involved, do we have any indication

:45:26.:45:30.

as to whether they acted alone or with help? We do not we will

:45:31.:45:36.

remember what you were speaking to Christian about, when he was talking

:45:37.:45:40.

about the police surrounding a bus. That gives you an indication of the

:45:41.:45:44.

instinct the police will have on the minutes after an attack, where they

:45:45.:45:47.

will not just think this person was alone, they will look anyone in the

:45:48.:45:51.

area and try to identify the person and find out who his network of

:45:52.:45:57.

people, supporters, may have been. We do not have any indication do at

:45:58.:46:01.

this stage whether or not the attacker was driving with anyone

:46:02.:46:06.

else or whether he was alone. James, for the moment, thank you very much

:46:07.:46:13.

for your help again. I'm live in London, where a story has been

:46:14.:46:17.

developing over the last 90 minutes or so. Let me reiterate where we

:46:18.:46:22.

have got to. There has been a shooting on the Champs-Elysees in

:46:23.:46:27.

Paris, the city's most famous street and arguably France's. One police

:46:28.:46:34.

officer has lost his life. We did have a statement from a police union

:46:35.:46:38.

and there is a separate police source saying a second police

:46:39.:46:42.

officer has lost his life but we're not able to confirm that at the

:46:43.:46:47.

moment. High-profile politicians and France have referred to this as an

:46:48.:46:52.

act of terrorism, however the French interior minister is saying, we do

:46:53.:46:55.

not know the motivation behind this attack. There is one person involved

:46:56.:47:03.

that they have been reports of extra people being involved. However,

:47:04.:47:06.

quite often in developing stories like this, you get reports of extra

:47:07.:47:10.

people being involved and it does not prove to be the case, so we

:47:11.:47:14.

cannot confirm if anyone was involved beyond that single

:47:15.:47:22.

attacker. If we go in closer, we can see the Arctic Triomphe where we

:47:23.:47:26.

were talking to Christian Fraser, and the attack took place in the

:47:27.:47:31.

Champs-Elysees to the east. Throughout the hour, more

:47:32.:47:36.

information has been coming through. We have plugged back into the BBC

:47:37.:47:40.

newsroom to access all the latest information. All the stations nearby

:47:41.:47:47.

to wear this attack is taken place have been closed. Police are also

:47:48.:47:56.

warning people not to spread any misinformation that has not come

:47:57.:48:02.

from a trusted source save the authorities. Also, the

:48:03.:48:07.

counterterrorism officers have offered an investigation into the

:48:08.:48:13.

shooting. You will notice this wire from Reuters talks about gunmen,

:48:14.:48:17.

we're not sure whether it was a gunman or gunmen, but one person has

:48:18.:48:21.

been killed. According to a police source, speaking to the authorities.

:48:22.:48:28.

A couple of other things to mention here. Donald Trump has come out and

:48:29.:48:33.

offered his condolences to France over what has happened, saying, it

:48:34.:48:37.

looks like another terrorist attack. James has been helping us from the

:48:38.:48:43.

newsroom of the BBC in Paris. Christian was just by the

:48:44.:48:46.

Champs-Elysees. We spoke to him on Outside Source when it was not clear

:48:47.:48:51.

when this story was developing, but we are clear now it has happened. Is

:48:52.:48:57.

is still ongoing? Do we know if this is a live situation? There are a lot

:48:58.:49:04.

of conflicting reports so I do not want to put information at the that

:49:05.:49:10.

might not stand up but there are reports quoting police sources that

:49:11.:49:12.

there is another attack of are looking for. I have just seen

:49:13.:49:17.

footage sent to me by people who are in Paris of what looks to be the

:49:18.:49:22.

immediate aftermath of the shooting, and you can see the police van in

:49:23.:49:27.

the car that was pulled up right alongside it, and what you picture

:49:28.:49:32.

in the image is a police man putting his gun down on the pavement as if

:49:33.:49:37.

they just just killed the attacker had just literally come upon them.

:49:38.:49:42.

We are also hearing from various news reports, unconfirmed, two

:49:43.:49:48.

policeman had been killed but they are also saying the third one had

:49:49.:49:52.

been injured. Maybe there were three is part of a small group. But it is

:49:53.:50:01.

halfway down the Champs-Elysees in a very busy area of the street. We are

:50:02.:50:06.

also hearing as you confirm the night that this attack was known to

:50:07.:50:12.

the intelligence services. If they are known to them, then we are

:50:13.:50:20.

starting to move toward someone to would've been known to the

:50:21.:50:25.

anti-terrorist police, and it is a very strange thing to get out of a

:50:26.:50:30.

car and start shooting at police officers if you will carry out an

:50:31.:50:34.

armed robbery, said this might be why politicians are starting to step

:50:35.:50:38.

over to this area that this might have been a specific attack aimed at

:50:39.:50:47.

police officers. There are also reports focusing on the TV report,

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they are saying that there was social media from the gunmen, saying

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he wanted to attack police officers. All of that will be part of the

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focus in the next 12 hours. But as James said, this will be an ongoing

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police operation right up until the election now because, whether or not

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there is one attack or two, that person would be known to other

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people, that is why they are searching the property and they will

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want to know who that person has been in contact with over the last

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few days, and is the threat from the people but that person new? If it is

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not focused on the other attacker that might have got away. It is

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worth reiterating that the reason Christian is in Paris is to cover

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the French election. It is the first round on Sunday, and Christian is

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there, but as Christian just pointed out, the remainder of the campaign

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is likely to be dominated by what is happening in Paris. A little while

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ago, I was talking to James, we were both saying we have these

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unconfirmed reports that second police officer had lost his life. We

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have been cautious about that because even though news agencies

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were putting out there, we were not able to confirm that. The reason we

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were being cautious is because the French Interior Ministry

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spokesperson said a second police officer is not dead, they are

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telling us that two police officers are seriously wounded, and this

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highlights the amount of information flying around on how you have to be

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cautious about it. The French interior Ministry saying a second

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police officer has not lost his life but that two police officers are

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seriously wounded. One police officer has died. I also want to

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show you this. A spokesperson saying they cannot exclude that there were

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one or more attackers but again that comes back to what I was saying. We

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have had multiple reports, some saying it it was someone acting

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alone, some saying there were more than one person involved, nor it

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seems at the moment, can be Interior Ministry be sure. Let's go back to

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Christian. You know Paris very well that many people watching will not

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been to Paris. What is the Champs-Elysees like at this time of

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the evening of people been doing the? They would be going on a

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promenade. People come out to walk up and down the street and take on

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the sites and meet people, go to the shops. The people who have never

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been here, it is very much like Oxford Street or Regent's Street. It

:53:34.:53:40.

is a very big pavement. You could have 20 or 30 people deep at any one

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time. I walked up there the night and it was really busy because it is

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that sort of night where people can sit out on the terraces of cafes,

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bright blue skies, everyone was enjoying the sunshine this evening,

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and at that time in the evening when it happened, at around 8:50pm local

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time, that would be peak tourist time, but just how quickly the

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situation changed was extraordinary. We will broadcasting at the foot of

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the building here, talking to you. First one police car and then

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another, and then they came from all directions. Where to go out on the

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police radio, it was police cars and ambulances, an unmarked police cars,

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in such a tearing hurry to get to the Champs-Elysees to find out what

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was going on and perhaps helped colleagues, they almost knocked down

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pedestrians, it was bedlam for five or ten minutes. I sure do those

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pictures. This picture of the bus that was suddenly surrounded on the

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12 by probably seven or eight police cars. Armed police jumped out. You

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can see them with their prizes on. They got everybody of this boss and

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it was clear to me they thought someone was on that bus who might

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have got away from the Champs-Elysees because there were

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other buses going around but this particular boss was a focus for

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attention. I do not know why, but it suggests to me they thought there

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was somebody who might have been connected to the attack on that bus,

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trying to leave the scene. Right now, it is reasonably quiet. We are

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hearing some reports there is an ongoing operation around the

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Champs-Elysees. The focus seems to be in eastern Paris in a building

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they know to be connected with this attacker and they will hope to glean

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as much intelligence from that as they can over the coming hours to

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avoid any repeat of what has happened this evening. I have one

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more question for you about politics. Let me show everyone

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watching the response we have seen from the four people who have a

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realistic chance of becoming the next French president. There are 11

:56:00.:56:03.

candidates but realistically only four have a prospect of getting

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through round one and into the final round which is a head-to-head. We

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have heard from awful. Emmanuel Macron says, I want to show all my

:56:13.:56:20.

solidarity with our law enforcement. Francois Fillon says, the picture be

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to the security forces who give their lives to protect ours.

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Jean-Luc Melenchon said, thoughts for the police dead and injured,

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terrorist acts never go unpunished. And then Marina pen, who has been

:56:35.:56:45.

leading the polls for the last few weeks, says, emotion and solidarity

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for our security forces again being targeted. That phrase from Marine Le

:56:51.:56:56.

Pen highlights a big issue she has emphasised throughout this campaign

:56:57.:57:00.

which you feel that front is not getting it security right. A lot of

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candidates will focus on that and the need for more resources for the

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intelligence services. I was talking to a Europe Minister tonight, and

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outward looking liberal guy, who is supporting Francois Fillon, he says

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the threat is severe in France. He says there are 15,000 people in

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France that need to be watched, and clearly you cannot watch all those

:57:27.:57:30.

people were any one time. So, yes, there will a debate in France about

:57:31.:57:37.

providing more resources for the security services, but surely there

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also has to be a conversation about the division in French society. They

:57:41.:57:44.

talk about the gulf between inner-city Paris and the urban

:57:45.:57:52.

centres like this, and its housing and opportunities and opportunities

:57:53.:57:59.

for migrant communities that underscore and create this division

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in French society, and that has to be looked at as part of the

:58:03.:58:06.

political debate as well. Christian, thank you very much for your help

:58:07.:58:13.

over the last hour. Let's recap what we have learnt in the last hour. One

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police officer has lost his life after being shot in the

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Champs-Elysees. The person who carried out the attack has been shot

:58:22.:58:25.

dead but it is not clear if he or she was acting alone but the French

:58:26.:58:29.

interior ministry is denying reports a second police officer has died,

:58:30.:58:34.

but they are telling us two police officers are seriously wounded.

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These pictures are live from Paris at the moment. You can see various

:58:40.:58:44.

personnel going over that particular vehicle in great detail. That

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matches what we were told a few minutes ago, that one particular

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vehicle was being focused on. Let's check on one last time nor the

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latest information coming in to the BBC newsroom. Very interesting from

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Reuters. Police have issued an arrest warrant for a second suspect

:59:05.:59:10.

in the shooting who arrived from Belgium by train. If that is true,

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that changes the nature of the story we are talking about. That is just a

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police source speaking to Reuters. Then we have the French interior

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Ministry spokesperson saying that they cannot exclude that there were

:59:28.:59:31.

one or more attackers. While there is more and more information coming

:59:32.:59:36.

in as to what happened in central Paris this evening, a lot of things

:59:37.:59:42.

remain unknown, not just the journalists covering the story, but

:59:43.:59:47.

the authorities as well. This is a developing situation in Paris and

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you will get the very latest from all of us here in the BBC newsroom.

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Coverage continues over the next few minutes. Goodbye.

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