The incident occurred on the busy Champs-Elysee in Paris.
At least two attackers who were reportedly armed with kalashnikovs were involved in a shootout with police which left one officer dead and another injured.
One of the attackers was killed, while the other remains at large.
Police are searching for a suspect named Youssouf El Osri who arrived from Belgium via train before the attack.
Suspect in Paris terror attack on the run is Youssouf El Osri. pic.twitter.com/wcIEqfNjg1
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) April 20, 2017
The attack takes place just three days before the first round of voting in the country’s presidential election.
Right-wing candidate Marine Le Pen has vowed to deal with the threat posed by Islamic terrorism, but she is opposed by establishment candidate Emmanuel Macron who today was endorsed by Barack Obama.
There have been at least 20 jihadist attacks in France since the Charlie Hebdo massacre in January 2015.
When asked about the attack, President Trump responded, “What can you say? It just never ends.”
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