Traces of drugs and alcohol found in Orly aggressor’s bloodstream

Tests carried out on the body of the man who grabbed a soldier’s weapon at Orly airport, show that the aggressor had drugs and alcohol in his bloodstream. The prosecutors in Paris said that the tests carried out during the autopsy revealed that Ziyed Ben Belgacom, 39, had traces of cocaine and cannabis in his blood.  The level of alcohol was also twice the permitted driving limited.

Belgacom was killed at Orly airport on Saturday after he grabbed a weapon from a female soldier, and pointed it towards her head. The solider then held him until the police shot and killed him on the spot. Earlier, Belgacom had fired a shot at another police offer when he was stopped at a road block in Northern France, and stole two cars to escape. Yesterday, before he was killed, Belgacom’s father said that his son had phoned him to tell him that he had done something wrong.  Belgacom had a criminal record and was believed to have been an Islamic extremist.