Paul is coming to the party tonight? I didn't know that!

What is the appropriate translation for "I didn't know that!" here?

Paul va venir à la fête ce soir ? Je ne le savais pas !

In particular, should the imparfait or the passé composé ("Je ne l'ai pas su !") be used? On the one hand, the knowledge is a state and not just one event, so we should use the imparfait. But the passé composé is quite often used for negative sentences similar to this.

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You can use "Je ne savais pas!" or "Je ne le savais pas!". You could also use "Je n'étais pas au courant!"

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