“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.
Le combat contre le totalitarisme islamique doit être la priorité absolue du prochain président de la République. pic.twitter.com/GKbCG77lL7— François Fillon (@FrancoisFillon) April 20, 2017
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.
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.