The French government says security is “fully mobilised” after the killing of a police officer in Paris – and days before the country’s presidential election. The attacker shot dead by police on the Champs-Elysees on Thursday evening is believed to be Karim Cheurfi, 39, who had a criminal record.1 A property being searched in the eastern Paris suburb of Chelles is understood to be his home, according to a police document seen by the Associated Press news agency. Belgium’s interior minister has told the country’s VRT broadcaster that the gunman was a French national. Meanwhile, a second suspect wanted in connection with the attack has handed himself in to a police station in Antwerp.
France’s prime minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, said more than 50,000 police and gendarmes, as well as 7,000 soldiers, had been mobilised ahead of Sunday’s vote. “Nothing must hamper this democratic moment, essential for our country,” said Mr Cazeneuve. The attack happened when a car pulled up next to a police van on the famous avenue – which is usually packed with tourists heading to the Arc de Triomphe
Image: A bullet hole in a window on the Champs-Elysees
The gunman got out and immediately shot at officers who were guarding an area near the Franklin Roosevelt metro station. He tried to run along the pavement, aiming at other police and hitting two of them. Other officers opened fire, killing the assailant. As well as the two officers – who doctors now say are out of danger – a woman tourist was also wounded. A pump-action shotgun and knives were found in the gunman’s car. :: Charlie Hebdo to Champs-Elysees – timeline of France terror attacks2
Islamic State claimed it was responsible for the attack and named Abu Yusuf al Beljiki as the attacker – though it is believed this could be a pseudonym. Security has been tight in France, just days before the first round of the presidential election on Sunday.
A witness, who identified himself as Chelloug, said he had heard six shots3. He said: “I thought they were firecrackers . In fact, he (the gunman) was hidden behind the van and shooting at the police.
“I think he hit a policeman . As soon as the policeman opened the door of the van, he fell.” He said he and tourists fled to a shop. “We saw the policeman shoot the gunman who could have killed more of us.” Another witness identified only as Ines told France’s BFM TV she heard a shooting, saw a man’s body on the ground and the area was quickly evacuated. Police were seen pointing their weapons at members of public as they cleared the area.
Image: Two people raise their arms as they walk towards police Image: Emergency services at the scene of the attack
Matthias Fekl, the French interior minister, paid tribute to the dead policeman and praised his colleagues who he said had “prevented a bloodbath”. He said: “Their composure, their perfectly adapted response in the decisive seconds, it all played itself out and prevented a bloodbath that could have been extremely widespread, extremely strong, on the Champs Elysees. “Once again all our thoughts are with the policeman who was assassinated, cowardly, savagely, in a despicable act, an act that shook up our country.”
An armed soldier secures a side road near the Champs-Elysees
Forensics officers search a car on the Champs-Elysees
Police officers block the access to the Champs-Elysees
Police vehicles seen on the Champs-Elysees, near the Arc de Triomphe
People raising their arms as they walk towards police on a side road near the Champs-Elysees
Armed police officers block the access of a street near the Champs-Elysees
An armed police officer on the Champs-Elysees
Police officers searched people in the area after the attack on the Champs-Elysees
Firefighters and rescuers stand by the site of the shooting on the Champs-Elysees
French police vehicles drive in convoy through Paris streets after the shootout
Police vehicles seen near the Eiffel Tower
Police at the scene
Champs-Elysees is locked down in Paris after the attack on police officers
Masked police on top of their vehicle on the Champs-Elysees
Police secure a side street
Emergency services respond to the shooting
Sky’s Mark White said: “Two men were arrested a few days ago with an arsenal of weapons . And that there was a concern that an attack was being planned to coincide with the French election.”
Several candidates in Sunday’s presidential election ended their campaigns early as a mark of respect, with the centre-right’s Francois Fillon calling on others to do the same. Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen has called for the government to immediately expel foreigners being monitored by the intelligence services and reinstate France’s borders.
- ^ believed to be Karim Cheurfi, 39, who had a criminal record. (news.sky.com)
- ^ :: Charlie Hebdo to Champs-Elysees – timeline of France terror attacks (news.sky.com)
- ^ six shots (news.sky.com)
Met Police face ‘monster’ security operation as Donald Trump insists on golden carriage procession during visit
But security officials in London have warned that it would prove difficult to secure the area and will require an operation far greater than any other recent state visit. According to a report in The Times4, President Trump is adamant that he want the procession to be a part of his State visit due to take place in October despite his predecessor opting for a less traditional vehicle. Carriage: Trump wants to ride with the Queen in the Gold-plated carriage down the Mall
On his visit to the UK in 2011, former President Barack Obama chose to travel in an armoured, bullet-proof car to meet the Queen.
London s Met Police was already facing a challenge in ensuring the controversial President remains safe whilst allowing the public to demonstrate. Procession: The carriage would carry the President down the Mall
And a source has told the newspaper that this recent demand has only served to increase complexity of the arrangement. The source said: “The vehicle which carries the president of the United States is a spectacular vehicle . It is designed to withstand a massive attack like a low-level rocket grenade.
Visit: Theresa May ignored protests and a petition and invited the President on a state visit (Getty Images)
If he’s in that vehicle he is incredibly well protected and on top of that it can travel at enormous speed . If he is in a golden coach being dragged up the Mall by a couple of horses, the risk factor is dramatically increased.
“There may well be protections in that coach such as bulletproof glass, but they are limited . In particularly it is very flimsy.
“It would not be able to put up much resistance in the face of a rocket propelled grenade or high-powered ammunition . Armour-piercing rounds would make a very bad show of things.”
Police will liaise with the Secret Service to plan the operation and armed officers are expected to be dotted around in the crowds.
Thousands protested against the President s state visit when it was announced in January and 1.8 million people signed a petition calling for the invitation to be retracted. Former Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe revealed the visit was likely to cost the force millions of pounds due to the expected demonstrations. Thousands protest over Donald Trump’s state visit
Sir Bernard said the force had some concerns already about the extent of the demonstrations that might be staged.
He said that police would be mounting quite a big operation and that he would not dispute a suggestion the cost could match the 7.5 million cost of policing the G20 summit in 2009.
By Adam Smith
Last Updated: 24/03/17 9:29am
How long do managers last at the top 92 clubs in England ? We’ve crunched the numbers to reveal the exact average in days… Job security for managers in England’s top four tiers is at an all-time low, a Sky Sports study has found. A remarkable 75 managers were sacked, quit or failed to last after temporary stints in charge last season – the highest total in English football history. In addition, the average tenure for a departing manager last term was an all-time low of just 423 days.
This season, 51 managers have been axed or walked already and the average tenure is just 477 days and, with over three months until July 1st, that number could still drop below that threshold to break a new record. In the first years after the Second World War, managers had an average tenure of more than seven years, with just 20 departing their roles during the 1946/47 season. But even as recently as the start of the Premier League era in 1992/93, managers could expect to be in charge for nearly three years, with just 25 coaches losing their jobs in the first Premier League season. For the study, Sky Sports recorded every manager who has lasted 35 days or more at a current top-four tier club since 1946/47 to work out how long the average boss keeps his job, with the help of Soccerbase.com1 data.
The red line shows how many managers have left a club every season since 1946/47, while the blue line shows the average tenure of departed managers
THIS SEASON’S CASUALTIES
There have been a number of managerial departures this season which have highlighted the insecurity football managers face. Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri was sacked in February 2017, despite leading Leicester to a 5000-1 shock Premier League win last season, while Aitor Karanka – who led Middlesbrough to the top flight last term – left his post last week.
Aitor Karanka was sacked by Middlesbrough this month
Bob Bradley only lasted 85 days at Swansea before receiving his marching orders, while Walter Zenga (Wolves), Kenny Jackett (Rotherham), Alberto Cavasin, Andy Edwards (both Leyton Orient), Russell Slade (Coventry), Chris Brass (Bury), all lasted fewer than 100 days at the helm this term in the lower leagues. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is under pressure to step down after a string of poor results, but the Frenchman is unlikely to consider resignation lightly after more than 20 years in charge of the Gunners.
Arsenal fans hold up anti-Wenger signs after the match at West Brom
Wenger is England’s longest-serving, active manager and currently holds the 10th-longest reign in our study, which is nearly twice as long as the next longest active tenure, held by Paul Tisdale at Exeter (10 years, nine months). But neither Wenger or Tisdale come close to the all-time record set by Fred Everiss, who was in charge of West Brom between 1902 and 1948 – the longest tenure of any football manager in English history. Meanwhile, Sir Alex Ferguson’s 26-and-a-half-year reign at Old Trafford was the third-longest in our list, ahead of another ex United boss Sir Matt Busby.
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson and keeper Peter Schmeichel with the trophy after a 2-1 victory over Bayern Munich in 1999
YOUR CLUB’S AVERAGE MANAGER TENURE
In terms of average tenures at clubs since 1946/47, Manchester United, boosted by Ferguson’s tenure, lead the pack with the average boss lasting 2,346 days. Arsenal have the second longest with 2,172 days, followed by Ipswich (2,007), West Ham (1,916), Liverpool (1,741) and Everton (1,473).
Relative Football League newcomers Morecambe (1,988) and AFC Wimbledon (1,790) also have high averages, due to their recent promotions from non league.
New Notts County manager Kevin Nolan
Meanwhile, Notts County have had more managers than any other current top-four tier club over the last 70 years – appointed 48 managers for more than 35 days and averaging around 500 days at the helm each. Check out the table below to see how many managers your club has appointed…