Blood tests have revealed that a gunman who attacked soldiers at Orly airport in Paris on Saturday was under the influence of drugs and alcohol. The Paris prosecutor said that the attacker, Ziyed Ben Belgacem, shouted Islamic slogans, before being fatally shot by security staff.
The attacker, who was born in France to Tunisian parents, had also fired at police in a northern Paris suburb earlier that morning.
Security forces shot dead a man who tried to seize a soldier's gun at Paris Orly airport on Saturday, forcing the evacuation of the busy airport and putting security back in the spotlight in the middle of France's presidential election campaign.
He said he wanted to "die for Allah", and a scuffle between him and two other soldiers ensued, which resulted in him being fatally shot.
Francois Mollins a Paris Prosecutor told reporters yesterday he had a criminal record for armed robbery and various drug offences.
Investigators are searching for information relating to the attacks, such as the extent of Belgacem's radicalization and whether he had premeditated the shootings or acted spontaneously.
"My son has never been a terrorist".
"He never attended prayers. I've screwed up with a police officer, '" the father said.
The man's choice of targeting soldiers and evidence on "a radicalization process in jail", justified the opening of a terrorism probe, according to authorities.
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"He called me at seven, eight in the morning and said, 'There you go, Papa.' He was extremely angry, even his mother couldn't understand him", the man identified as the father said on Europe 1. French police said they later found a gas canister, lighter and copy of the Quran inside his backpack.
Nobody was hurt in the incident which comes as France remains on high alert following a series of jihadist attacks that have claimed over 230 lives since January 2015.
A brother and cousin of Belgacem were also questioned by police and then released on Sunday, the judicial source said.
His house was among scores searched in November 2015 in the immediate aftermath of suicide bomb-and-gun attacks that killed 130 people in Paris.
The suspect then commandeered a gray Citroen and headed to Orly airport. Ordered to produce his identity papers, he pulled out his lead-shot pistol and fired at the officers, wounding one in the face.
The attack and subsequent investigation proved a discomfiting distraction from what had widely been described as a Brexit charm offensive aimed at countering the tensions caused by Britain's decision to leave the EU.
Belgacem arrived at Orly Airport, south of Paris, at 8:06 a.m. and walked to Hall A on the first floor of the southern terminal, Molins said.
"The man succeeded in seizing the weapon of a soldier".