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.