PARIS Shots were reportedly fired on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées here on Thursday evening.

According to reports, one policeman was shot dead and another hurt on one of the city’s main arteries, which is a magnet for tourists. The shooter was killed, according to sources.

The Paris police department has tweeted that people should avoid the sector and respect their instructions.

Helicopters could be heard flying near to the avenue, which is lined with stores including Louis Vuitton, Adidas, Sephora and Gucci.

The attacks came four days before the first round of France’s presidential election on Sunday and less than two weeks after an attack at a department store in Stockholm.

Attacks causing terror keep mounting in frequency in Europe, keeping retailers very much on edge.

There has been the rise of “lone wolf” attacks, carried out by individuals in Europe. Those included when a car drove over Westminster Bridge in London on March 22 hitting numerous people. And in February, the underground shopping center in Paris’ Louvre museum was the scene of a terror attack involving an intruder wielding a machete, who was shot by a soldier.

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