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The Orly attack forced both of the airport's terminals to shut down and evacuate, sent passengers and workers fleeing in panic and trapped hundreds of others aboard planes that had just landed.

He has dropped his shopping bag, which authorities said contained a flask of gasoline. He can be seen trying to wrestle away the soldier's assault rifle. Put your hands on your head. I am here to die for Allah. "In any case, there will be deaths".

"Everything suggests that he wanted to take the [soldier's rifle] so there would be deaths and to shoot people", Mr. Molins said.

"Given the violence that is shown in the (CCTV) pictures. you sense that he was determined to go through with it", Molins told a news conference.

A small amount of cocaine and a machete were found during a search of his home on Saturday.

Prosecutors are investigating a number of terrorism-related offences, including attempted murder. "My son was not a terrorist".

Ben Belgacem's brother and cousin were released Sunday after they, like the attacker's father, were held for questioning.

According to the Paris prosecutor's office, Belgacem had previously been on the authorities' radar for suspected Islamic extremism.

He was stopped for speeding during a traffic stop in the north of the city on Saturday morning, where he shot a policewoman in the face with an air pistol, injuring her.

After the first incident, Belgacem called his father and brother saying he had done something stupid, the prosecutor said. He also stole a vehicle before arriving at the airport. The attack at Orly comes with France still on high alert following a wave of jihadist attacks that have claimed more than 230 lives in two years. His house was among dozens searched after the 2015 attacks in Paris that killed 130 people, Molins said.

The airport attack came at a moment when France is on edge; the country remains under a state of emergency, and presidential elections begin in April.

Belgacem then held up a female motorist at gunpoint, stole her auto and drove to Orly airport before attacking a patrol of three counter-terrorism soldiers.

"We ran off, down the staircase".

Prince William, second-in-line to the British throne, and his wife Kate, who finished a two-day visit to Paris on Saturday stuck to their plans despite the attack.

French president Francois Hollande has praised the courage and efficiency of troops and police following the incidents. The soldiers involved were patrolling the airport as part of the "Sentinelle" operation.

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