1. French police urged the public to avoid the area around the famous Champs-Élysées avenue in Paris on Thursday evening following reports of a shooting.

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2. “A police operation is underway in the area of the #ChampsÉlysées,” Paris police wrote on Twitter. “Avoid the area and follow the directions of the police forces.”

3. The US State Department also told people to avoid the area and monitor local news.

“Authorities are telling people to avoid the area after a shooting,” the department said in a tweet.

4. According to initial Frenchmedia reports, a shooting in the area has left one police officer and an alleged gunman dead.

5. The newspaper Le Monde reported a second police officer was injured in the incident.

French voters are due to go to the polls on Sunday in the first round of the country’s presidential election.

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