A long-time friend of the attacker named him as Kamel Salhi, 36. The friend, Said Segreg, said Salhi had no obvious problems, didn’t abuse drugs or alcohol and wasn’t fervently religious.
A government official confirmed Salhi’s name and age. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss such details publicly.
Salhi was divorced and living with his mother, said Adama Traore, another of his acquaintances in Trappes.
The Daesh group, via its Aamaq news agency, claimed responsibility. The agency said the attack was motivated by calls from the Daesh leadership to attack civilians in countries at war with the extremist group. Hours earlier, Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi urged followers to attack enemies everywhere.
The Daesh group, which has lost most of the territories it once controlled in Iraq and Syria, has been known to make opportunistic claims in the past, even when there was no established link between an attacker and the extremist group.