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‘My son was no terrorist’ 


Paris: The father of the French man shot dead at Orly airport in Paris after attacking a soldier said today his son was “not a terrorist” and that his actions were caused by drink and drugs. “My son was not a terrorist. He never prayed and he drank. This is what happens under the influence of drink and cannabis,” the father of Ziyed Ben Belgacem told France’s Europe 1 radio. The father, who was released from police custody today after being questioned, said his son phoned him minutes after the shooting “in a state of extreme agitation”.  “He said to me: ‘Daddy, please forgive me. I’ve screwed up with a police officer.’ He then cut short the conversation and drove to the airport, stealing another car en route.

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