A radicalised Muslim on a crime watchlist shot a policewoman in the head at a road check before attacking a soldier at a Paris airport.
The gunman shouted: “I am here to die for Allah – there will be deaths”, before attempting to gun people down at Orly airport.
The man – known as Ziyed B – at one point threw down a bag containing a can of petrol, a Parisian prosecutor said.
He was initially stopped for speeding at a road check north of the city early on Saturday moirning, shooting a policewoman in the head.
He then held up a woman motorist at gunpoint, stealing her car and driving to Orly airport.
In the airport terminal the attacker assaulted a patrol of three counter-terrorism soldiers, making the statement about Allah.
He wrestled one of the soldiers to the floor, trying to take her gun.