The latest attack in the heart of Paris so close to an election could send voters flocking to far-right leader Marine Le Pen on Sunday, experts believe.

The National Front leader this evening said the terror threat facing France stemmed from ‘laxity’, and within minutes of the attack tweeted her solidarity with security forces.

It has yet to be confirmed what motivated the gunman, who is believed to have shot a police officer dead and injured two others.

A poll earlier this week found that more than half of French police officers plan to cast their vote for the populist anti-immigration politician at the weekend.

In a televised debate this evening, she said: ‘We are suffering the consequences of a laxity that has continued for years.’

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