Ziyed Ben Belgacem, who was shot and killed by a soldier at Orly airport in Paris on Saturday, was known to French police for a string of criminal convictions, involving violence and theft.
Belgacem, 39, a Paris-born Frenchman, was shot as he attacked a female soldier, trying to steal her assault weapon, ending a spree of violence that lasted several hours.
While grappling with the soldier, he shouted “I am ready to die for Allah”, according to Francois Molins, Paris prosecutor, who described Belgacem as “an extremely violent individual”.
His rap sheet paints a picture of a seasoned criminal, well used to courts and spells behind bars.
Belgacem had nine entries on his record, from violence to receiving stolen goods. In 2001, he was sentenced to five years in prison for armed robbery.
This was not his last stint in prison. In 2009, Belgacem was handed successive sentences of three and five years for drug trafficking.
While he was in prison, officials noticed “signs of radicalisation”, according to Molins, and he was known to police but not considered a serious threat. His house was searched, with no result.