The gunman is still on the run, said Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve who rushed to the scene at Malakoff just south of the city contradicting information given earlier by a source close to the case, who said the suspect had been detained.

Police initially said the two victims were critical, but Cazeneuve said just the policewoman was fighting for her life.

The incident comes on a day of mourning in France after Islamist gunmen stormed the office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo yesterday, killing eight journalists, two police and two others.

The men are still thought to be on the run, and there has so far been no claim of responsibility for the massacre that has deeply shocked France.


Seven people have been detained in the hunt for brothers suspected of gunning down 12 people in an Islamist assault on a satirical weekly, a judicial source said.

Confirming earlier comments by Prime Minister Manuel Valls, the source, who refused to be named, said men and women close to the two brothers were currently being questioned by police, without saying where they had been detained.

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Valls, meanwhile, told RTL radio that the two suspects who are still on the run -- were known to intelligence services and were "no doubt" being followed before yesterday's attack.

The masked, black-clad gunmen burst into the offices of the Charlie Hebdo magazine on Wednesday before jumping into a car and escaping.

Police have issued arrest warrants for Cherif Kouachi, 32, a known jihadist convicted in 2008 for involvement in a network sending fighters to Iraq, and his 34-year-old brother said. Both were born in Paris.

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