Paris airport attacker shown on CCTV using soldier as human shield

A catalogue of terror in France

Ziyed Ben Belgacem was shot dead by another soldier within minutes of Sunday's attack.

That was almost twice the legal limit for driving in France.

Authorities have said the 39-year-old French national had a long criminal record of drug and robbery offences. "My son was not a terrorist". He never attended prayer.

It is reported that in the seconds before his death, the attacker shouted that he was there to "die for Allah". "He drank. But under the effects of alcohol and cannabis, this is where one ends up", said the father.

Several days after a terrorist attack was thwarted at the Paris Orly Airport, Associated Press news agency published security footage from the scene. Europe 1 did not give his name.

A terrorist inquiry has been launched into the death of Ben Belgacem, who was last released from prison in November.

Belgacem was originally stopped for speeding during a traffic stop at around 7am local time, when he fired at a policewoman's face with an air pistol, leaving her "lightly injured".

"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.

Prosecutor Francois Molins said a Koran was found on Belgacem's body, adding cocaine was discovered during a search of the suspect's residence. "He told me: 'I ask for your forgiveness. I've screwed up with a gendarme"'.

Belgacem had been flagged as having been radicalised during a spell in detention in 2011-2012, the prosecutor said. After fleeing the traffic stop, police said, Belgacem opened fire inside a bar that he frequented regularly before stealing another vehicle at gunpoint and making his way to the airport. Put your hands on your head!

The brazen attack further rattled France - which remains under a state of emergency after attacks over the past two years that killed 235 people - and had Northeastern University terror expert Max Abrahms calling for the French government to take a second look at the way it keeps tabs on citizens who are suspected of being radicalized. His house was among dozens searched after the 2015 attacks in Paris that killed 130 people, Molins said. In mid-February, a machete-wielding Egyptian man attacked a soldier outside Paris's Louvre museum, injuring him slightly, before being shot and wounded.

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