Terror in Paris: Support the French Police

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French soldiers stand guard on the Champs Elysees in Paris after the terrorist attack.
(Photo: THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Write to the Paris Police to thank them for their swift response and offer condolences. Their contact form is here.

A terrorist killed a police officer and wounded two others in an attack in central Paris on April 20. He got out of a car on the Champs-Élysées and immediately began firing on officers in a parked police van.

Officers killed the terrorist in return fire.

“Their composure, their perfectly adapted response in the decisive seconds, it all played itself out and prevented a bloodbath that could have been extremely widespread, extremely strong, on the Champs Elysees” Interior Minister Matthais Fekl told reporters, praising the police response.

“Once again all our thoughts are with the policeman who was assassinated, cowardly, savagely, in a despicable act, an act that shook up our country.”

The Champs-Elysee was sealed off by police.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.

A national security meeting was held April 21 by President Francois Hollande to discuss the issue. Hollande said the police have the full backing of the nation.

Police are carrying out raids across the French capital and issued an arrest warrant for a second suspect believed to have entered the country from Belgium. It is also being reported that the assailant was “known to police.”

Earlier this week French police foiled a terrorist plot based in the southern city of Marseille. They arrested two men and seized a machine gun, two handguns and an Islamic-State flag.

This latest Paris terrorist attack struck during a prime-time debate between the candidates for the French presidential election, which is scheduled to take place on Sunday, April 23. All of the candidates made strong statements against terrorism in the wake of the attack.

Two of the candidates, the leader of the Front National Marine le Pen and Francois Fillon, cancelled campaign stops scheduled for Friday out of respect for the slain policeman.

Pundits speculate the attack may influence the election by leading to a last minute bump for right-wing parties promising a tough stance against terrorism.

Write to the Paris Police to thank them for their swift response and offer condolences. Their contact form is here.

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Elliot Friedland

Elliot Friedland is a research fellow at Clarion Project.