The shooting shut down the normally busy Champs-Elysees, one of the top tourist attractions in Paris, and video showed the avenue empty of residents and tourists but teeming with security officers at 9:30 p.m.
SO-CALLED Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a central Paris shooting which left a police officer dead and two others seriously wounded.
Jeanne d'Hauteserre, mayor of the 8th arrondissement of Paris, which covers parts of the Champs-Elysees, said on Twitter that there had been a shooting but did not provide details.
French Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said police officers were deliberately targeted in the shooting, but it is too early to say what the motive was.
The shooting, which occured just three days before the most tightly contested presidential election in living memory is being investigated by the counter-terrorism office.
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The attacker armed with a Kalashnikov parked his Audi behind a police van, then got out and opened fire on the vehicle, according to a witness called Chelloug who said he heard six shots.
At one end is the Arc de Triomphe, surrounded by a several-lane-wide roundabout, and the other end stops at the Place de la Concorde, known for its obelisk monument. #ChampsElysees has been closed. People have been told to say away from the area, which includes the shopping district popular with tourists.
The state of emergency was recently extended until the 2017 French elections are done on Sunday, May 7.
"Paying homage to the policeman killed on the Champs-Élysees".
France's Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve paid tribute to the officer and tweeted that his thoughts are with the family. "Solidarity with his injured colleagues and those close to them", he tweeted. They are paying again a heavy price.