Trump Says Paris Attack "Will Have Big Effect On Election" As French Police Hunt Second Suspect

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President Trump tweeted on Friday morning that this week's "terrorist attack in Paris" will have "a big effect" on the country's presidential election set for Sunday.

On Thursday, a gunman was shot dead after opening fire on officers along the Champs Elysees, killing one and wounding another. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack which overshadowed the last day of campaigning for Sunday's presidential election first round, bringing raw issues surrounding Islamist militancy to the fore.

Trump did not mention any of the presidential contenders in France's election by name. Eleven candidates are running, with four seen as have the best chances for making a run-off of two, which would be held May 7.  Trump's tweet comes the day after he offered "condolences from our people to the people of France" during a press conference at the White House.

And while markets remain in a holding pattern, trying to decide if Thursday's attack will have an impact on the outcome of Sunday's race, the French probe into the shooter and his accomplice continued.

As reported last night, the man who shot dead a French policeman in an Islamist militant attack had served time for armed assaults on law enforcement officers, police sources said on Friday, as authorities sought a second suspect flagged by Belgian security services. The gunman, identified as Karim Cheurfi, opened fire on a police vehicle parked on the Champs Elysees in Paris late on Thursday, killing one officer and injuring two others before being shot dead.

Cheurfi, a French national who lived in the eastern Paris suburb of Chelles, had been convicted for previous armed assaults on law enforcement officers going back 16 years, the sources said, and was well known to authorities. In addition to the assault rifle used in the attack, he had a pump action shotgun and knives in his car, the sources said. Three of his family members have been placed in detention, the French interior ministry announced on Friday.

While in detention, Cheurfi had also shot and wounded a prison officer after seizing his gun. Eventually freed after serving most of his sentence, he was arrested again this year on suspicion of preparing an attack on police - but released for lack of evidence.

A French interior ministry spokesman confirmed on Friday that a manhunt was underway for a second individual, based on information from Belgian security services. "It's too early to say how or whether he was connected to what happened on the Champs Elysees," ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said. "There are a certain number of leads to check. We are not ruling anything out."

A potential second suspect was identified as Youssouf El Osri in a document seen by Reuters. Belgian security officials had warned French counterparts before the attack that El Osri was a "very dangerous individual en route to France" aboard the Thalys high-speed train.

The warning was circulated more widely among French security services in the hour following the Champs Elysees attack.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the Champs Elysees shooting hours after the attack, in a statement identifying the attacker as "Abu Yousif the Belgian." El Osri's connection with either Cheurfi or the man named in Islamic State's statement remained unclear on Friday.

Coming just days after police said they had foiled another planned Islamist attack, arresting two men in the southern city of Marseille, the Champs Elysees shooting dominated the final day of election campaigning. Conservative candidate Francois Fillon and Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Front, both talked up their tough law-and-order stances while centrist front-runner Emmanuel Macron stressed he was also up to the challenge.

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Stan Smith's picture

Hard to argue that Donald J. is going to be wrong about this.    Pretty sure he's dead on about this one.   Of course, we'll see.

Looney's picture


Macron: I will allow all citizens to open-carry scissors, for protection.

Looney  ;-)

wildbad's picture

hey donald - surely you are seeing all of the talk online about you being cucked by your son-in-law. surely you see that most of the people who elected you are questioning both your sanity and your dedication to sane politics.

then why the fuck are you not taking a public position on it all?

why rattle the lunatic cage of north korea now? whats the rush?

no foreign entanglements. get back on the trump train yourself you dry fuck!

Donald Trump's picture
Donald Trump (not verified) wildbad Apr 21, 2017 6:36 AM

I think the frogs might be too bred out in order for Le Pen to win. 2 generations of shitskin imports might have diluted that country to the point of no return.

But average Joe in US can't even pin point France on a map, so why should we care?

We have our bread and circus...and more: GOSSIP

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TheLastTrump's picture

Hey meme pusher, why would anyone deign to speak to lies spoken by media shills? Hmmm? What's the percentage in that?


I Feel a little Qeasy's picture

he offered "condolences from our people to the people of France", meanwhile supplying arms to the same terrorists, and sponsoring the murder of Syrian people. No condolences for them eh? Fucking die all you two-faced filthy animal American bastards!

JRobby's picture

Macron has Oblivio's "endorsement" so he is a "lock".......

TheLastTrump's picture

Oblivio, "president of the world"

Aurelian77's picture

We must stay unified blah blah blah

We must build bridges, not walls, blah blah blah

There will be many more attacks just like this, this is the new reality, deal with it, blah blah blah

We need more immigrants, blah blah blah

Islam is part of our future, blah blah blah

stocker84's picture

Dead on, how? 

He didn't say anything. He's being vague and ambiguous as usual. 

What he said means nothing unless you draw your open conclusions.

And you did.

TheLastTrump's picture

Dude just made a SPECIFIC PREDICTION you fucking meme pusher clownoramus. Convict him if he's proven wrong....NEXT WEEK hasty leftist bitch.



"Another terrorist attack in Paris. The people of France will not take much more of this. Will have a big effect on presidential election!"

Haus-Targaryen's picture

Ok kiddies, repeat after me and no free thinking "Diversity is our strength, diversity is our strength, diversity is our strength." 

Ghordius's picture

your mind is always in the US context, isn't it? the article is about France

which has two major candidates for it's presidency that would rip your head off and fill it with arguments if they thought your words here were serious, instead of sarcastic

from the Far Right of Parliament, Marine Le Pen. next to FN, the Right (or Center Right), the French party called... Republicans, fielding Fillon

note, in this, my suspicion: that there is a lot of effort being made in several MSM outlets and "fringe" blogs... to make sure that Fillon is never mentioned, or only in the most abject terms

note, in this, my suspicion: a lot of those French that are not answering to polls? well, on the Left and on the side of FN, they are quite vocal, and not keeping silent. so don't paint me surprised if Fillon comes up in the race

JRobby's picture


(Laugh Track Deafening !!!!)

VinceFostersGhost's picture




(Laugh Track Deafening !!!!)


So.....I'm assuming Hillary is President now?

Ghordius's picture

yes, polls. note, here, that those French polls are... strange. plenty of responses like "don't know yet"

there is no candidate that is called "don't know yet"

but the phenomenon is old. Nixon called it... the silent majority

Fahq Yuhaad's picture

Well......I imagine that it will be like the US election -- what happens after whoever  comes to power has no relation whatever to the policy statements and promises promulgated during the campaign. The voters will be ripped off again. Whatever you say of course

Ghordius's picture

yes, I see you put a lot of emphasis on form. do you put also some emphasis on... content?

it starts there: "I imagine that it will be like in the US"

to me, it sounds like "I do not know, and I do not want to know, and whatever the rest of the world does, it has to be worse then in the US"

TheLastTrump's picture

hey fahq Yu


Trump is doing the best he can under the pressure of being attacked by EVERYONE all of the time. You have no idea what he's done because you're a lying media meme PUSHER that ignores all Trump positive news.

gmak's picture

Is Le Pen capable of engineering a fasle flag, or does that require State resources?

msamour's picture

It depends on the size of the false flag...

Robert Trip's picture

The morning bullshit.

These "Tweets" were amusing at first but now they are just one big pain in the ass.

If the President wishes to convey his thoughts drop this teeny-bopper platform and open his own Youtube Channel where he can look us straight in the eye and convey his message much more effectively.

Twitter is for losers and the uninformed lazy bastards in our Nation.

buzzsaw99's picture

someone nailed it yesterday. the president actually has an attention span of 140 characters. twitter is perfect for him to spout his disingenuous bullshit.

TheLastTrump's picture

"disingenuous bullshit"


thanks for labeling your toys for us so we know where to stick them

Looney's picture

 ... and open his own Youtube Channel

Do you really wanna see him at 6:00 AM wearing curlers and without make-up?  ;-)


JRobby's picture

Good Idea but Google would "limit access"

buzzsaw99's picture

trump is a joke.

VinceFostersGhost's picture


So is the pant suit...


Count your lucky stars...

buzzsaw99's picture

no difference. none. zero. zip. zilch.

VinceFostersGhost's picture



If you have a plan to take out McCain, Pelosi, and Ryan......I'd love to hear it.'s just noise.

buzzsaw99's picture

no difference. none. zero. zip. zilch.

VinceFostersGhost's picture plan.


We get a lot of that around here.

Uchtdorf's picture

Yes, but a vote for the lesser of two evils is still a vote for evil.

jet20's picture

"The gunman, identified as Karim Cheurfi..."

Ah, a truly French name!


Just wait 20 more years of this shit!

VinceFostersGhost's picture



Ah, a truly French name!


Heh heh.....yep!

shimmy's picture

A muslim killing a single officer= terrorist attack

Any non muslim killing a single officer (or more)= unfortunate incident

Got to love this bias, especially with this guy who got put in prison for shooting at cops and then shot at a cop in prison. I am guessing those incidents weren't deemed terrorist attacks given they were before this idiocy now where everything is called a terrorist attack. A logical person would conclude he just didn't like cops and it wasn't terrorism but logic has been long gone in this moronic western society.

Nice to see the great pumpkin comment on this right away but not that facebook killer guy. Can't be bothered when the incident doesn't help push your silly agenda...

Dancing Disraeli's picture

Who cares what it's labeled?  Third world fucker (and/or his antecedents) should NEVER have been permitted to set up shop on French soil, period.

Piranha's picture

once again great work by the intelligence community lol

napper's picture

Mind your own business, orange sitting duck!

VinceFostersGhost's picture



What would that entail.......and I do mean exactly.

VinceFostersGhost's picture



Can't you just wing it?


Are you Common Core educated?

napper's picture



more idiotic questions?

Fortunato's picture

Pls go back to bed and think about your entanglement plan from the Deep State else 2018 will be a clean sweep for the Dem.

OliverAnd's picture

Trump should stop meddling with the French elections.  So far we have seen his peace and his investments in infrastructure; not forgetting being the first to congratulate tyrants/dictators on their supposedly win (Erdogan).  People voted for Trump to drain the swamp and instead he turned it into human fecal waste collection.  This ain't Russia and the United States during the last election...