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Paris Airport Attacker Was under Influence of Drugs, Alcohol: Judicial Source

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French Police unit (Raid) secure the area at Paris' Orly airport on March 18, 2017 following the shooting of a man by French security forces. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON

Sunday, 19 Mar 2017 06:47 PM

The man shot dead at Paris's Orly airport after attacking a soldier was under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time, a judicial source said Sunday.

"Toxicology tests carried out on Sunday showed an alcohol level of 0.93 grams per litre in his blood, and the presence of cannabis and cocaine," the source said, a day after the incident at the French capital's second-busiest airport.

French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the attacker, whom he did not identify, assaulted three Air Force soldiers who were patrolling the airport. He said the soldier who was attacked managed to hold on to her rifle and the two soldiers she was with opened fire to protect her and the public.

Interior Minister Bruno Le Roux said the man was linked with a carjacking earlier in the morning in a northern Paris suburb and that police and intelligence services know who he is.

The shooting came after a similar incident last month at the Louvre Museum in which an Egyptian man attacked soldiers guarding the site and was shot and wounded.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report. 

© AFP 2017

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