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France on high alert following shooting
Written by staff reporter
National security is at the top of the agenda in France following the murder of a policeman by a suspected terrorist in Paris yesterday. Two others were wounded in the incident in the busy Champs Elysées area of the capital on Thursday.
The incident takes place just days before the first round of voting begins for the presidential election. According to the Foreign Office, there continues to be a high threat from terrorism across France. Due to ongoing threats to France by Islamist terrorist groups, and recent French military intervention against ISIS, the French government has warned the public to be extra vigilant and has reinforced its own domestic and overseas security measures.
There have been a number of high profile terrorist attacks since 2015 across France. On 13 November 2015 terrorist attacks killed 130 and injured hundreds more at multiple sites across Paris. On 14 July 2016, 84 people were killed when a truck was driven through a crowd of people on the promenade in Nice. On 3 February 2017, a knife attack inside the Louvre museum complex in Paris injured a French soldier. The attacker was arrested.
Commenting on the insurance impact of this latest incident, terrorism risk expert, at RMS, Dr Gordon Woo, said: “Whilst a police officer was killed, tragically, and two others were wounded in this attack, there was no damage to property. However, choosing the Champs Elysées as the location for the shooting – which is the most famous street in Paris and popular with international visitors – could have an impact on tourism. Across western Europe, the terrorism insurance pools are now considering ways to strengthen economic resilience against terrorism, such as providing cover for business interruption where little or no property damage is done.”