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Paris emergency: Armed police rush to Champs Elysees – panic after earlier ‘terror’ attack

Police were deployed to the famous promenade after reports of a bag of ammunition. Pictures from the scene shared on social media show armed officers and a cordon in place. The area was briefly evacuated as police searched for evidence.

This comes just two days after armed police swarmed the same area following a suspicious package.

France is currently on high alter after a teacher was beheaded by an 18-year-old man earlier this month.

Samuel Paty was beheaded in a Parisian suburb after showing his students Mohammed cartoons during a lesson on freedom of expression.

Earlier today, outside the basilica in Nice a man armed with a knife killed two women and a man.

French President Emmanuel Macron said it was an “Islamist terrorist attack” as he vowed security would be increased “to deal with the terrorist threat”.

Following news of the latest incident, Mr Macron tweeted: “It is France which is under attack. 

“I have therefore decided that our soldiers will be more mobilised in the coming hours. 

“As part of Operation Sentinel, we will go from 3,000 to 7,000 soldiers.

“In France, there is only one community, it is the national community.

“French, French, Whatever your religion, believer or not, we must unite at these times. 

“Do not give in to the spirit of division.”

The French foreign ministry warned citizens not to travel to countries which have boycotted French products.

The French foreign ministry said: “In several countries in recent days, there have been calls for a boycott of French products, particularly foodstuff, and more generally calls to protest against France.

“It is advisable to avoid areas where demonstrations are held, to stay away from gatherings, and to follow the guidance of the relevant French embassy or consulate.

“It is recommended to be most vigilant, especially when travelling, and in places frequented by tourists and expatriate communities.”

Following the serious of murders across the country, protests across the Muslim world erupted following his comments.

Pictures of the president were burned and there were calls for a boycott of French goods.

Mr Macron said the week: “France is being attacked.

“Three of our compatriots died at the basilica in Nice today and at the same time a French consular site was attacked in Saudi Arabia.

“I want to express, first and foremost, the nation’s support for the Catholics of France and elsewhere. 

“After 2016, with the killing of Father Hamel, it is the Catholics of our country attacked once more, and just before All Saints Day. 

“We are at their side in order that religion can be freely exercised in our country. 

“People can believe or not believe, all religions can be practised, but today the nation is beside our Catholic compatriots.

“My second message is to Nice and the people of Nice who have already suffered as a result of the Islamist terrorist folly. 

“This is the third time terrorism has struck your city and you have the support and solidarity of the nation.

“If we have been attacked once again, it is because of our values, our taste for freedom; the freedom to believe freely and not give in to any terror.

“We will give in to nothing.

“Today we have increased our security to deal with the terrorist threat.”

Source:

www.express.co.uk

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