French presidential hopeful Fillon calls for suspension of campaign activities after Paris shooting

French presidential hopeful Fillon calls for suspension of campaign activities after Paris shooting
French presidential hopeful Fillon calls for suspension of campaign activities after Paris shooting

Published time: 21 Apr, 2017 09:21

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French presidential hopeful Francois Fillon has called for election campaign events and activities to be suspended the following the shooting in Paris. The attack came just two days before France goes to the polls to elect its president.

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“I consider that in the context in which we live [today] there is no need to continue the electoral campaign tonight and tomorrow [April 20-21],” Fillon said during his speech on France 2 television. He added that he would cancel his trip to the Alps on Friday.

One police officer was killed and two injured in a shooting on the central boulevard of Champs Elysees in central Paris. One passerby, a foreign woman, was also lightly injured in the incident. French President Francois Hollande later said all leads indicate that the attack was of a “terrorist nature.”

“We should first show our solidarity to police, to the police officer who was killed, those who were injured and then all those who risk their lives to ensure our safety,” Fillon continued.

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The Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS/ISIL) has claimed responsibility for the attack. The attacker was killed by police.

“The fight against Islamic totalitarianism, against those who sponsor these attacks, against those who are at the origin of the rise of this intolerance, this fundamentalism, [it] must be the absolute priority for the next president of the Republic and the government,” Fillon said.

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