The last text, for example, from the Bataclan attackers in Paris 2015, read simply and chillingly: “Okay, let’s go.” We also now know that Zied’s toxicology read out showed high dosages of alcohol, cocaine and cannabis – police records show a history of drug dealing, armed robbery and theft – and intelligence packets reveal he was on the police radar and had brush contact with extremists in prison.In short, this is what we’d call a classic “crime-terror” nexus.
He tried again to use her as a shield, but a third shot killed him at am, Molins said.
Officials have named him as Ziyed Ben Belgacem, a 39-year-old Frenchman who was known to police and intelligence agencies.
Born in Paris, he had a string of criminal convictions for armed robbery, drug dealing, violence and receiving stolen goods.
Telling his relatives by phone that he had been up to some "mischief", he then drove towards what prosecutors described as the "crescendo" of his destructiveness, stealing a car and heading towards the airport.
France is still under a state of emergency after a series of terror attacks, including the November 2015 massacre in Paris which killed 130 and a truck attack in Nice in July last year which left 86 dead.