A man shot dead at a Paris airport on Saturday morning after attacking a soldier in the name of Allah had cocaine and cannabis in his bloodstream, according to authorities.
He was involved in a shooting and then a carjacking on Saturday before he attacked a military patrol at Orly, Paris's second-biggest airport.
Speaking Saturday night at a news conference, the prosecutor said a Quran was among the items later found on the body of the attacker, Ziyed Ben Belgacem.
Belgacem, who authorities say had a long criminal record with multiple jail terms for drugs and alcohol, then fled and abandoned his auto in Vitry-sur-Seine, to the southeast of the city.
In fact, the initial reports that are emerging suggest that the presence of soldiers armed with assault rifles in public places across France rather encouraged Belgacem to act aggressively-seeking out a confrontation with soldiers in order to end his own life.
Molins said that Ben Belgacem carried a can of petrol into the terminal building, which he flung down before engaging in a violent altercation with the air force patrol staff.
"He never prayed. He drank and under the effect of alcohol and cannabis looks what happens".
The prosecutor added that, according to soldiers, the attacker yelled: "Put down your weapons!"
He said he had received a phone call from Belgacem after his initial attack in which he said: "Dad, please forgive me".
In an interview on Sunday with French radio Europe 1, a man identified as the suspect's father said Belgacem was not a practising Muslim and drank alcohol.
Police did not provide a motive for the attack, but the Paris prosecutors office said an investigation is being handled by the anti-terror division.
A brother and cousin of Belgacem were also questioned by police and then released on Sunday, the judicial source said.
French President Francois Hollande on Saturday reiterated determination to "fight terrorism, defend the security of our compatriots and to ensure the protection of the territory".
Despite no one being physically injured apart from the lightly-wounded police traffic officer, the fearsome drama further rattled France, which remains under a state of emergency after attacks in the past two years that have killed 235 people. No one else was hurt in the airport incident, Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said. As he showed his ID papers, he pulled out a gun and fired bird shot, injuring an officer in the face.
Paris Orly Airport is France's second-busiest airport, with worldwide and domestic air traffic.
This was the fourth attack against security forces deployed as part of France's Operation Sentinel, said the French defence minister.