Auntie did not tell us the man is of Tunisian descent according to some stories.
Perrin said the 29-year-old French citizen of Tunisian descent was a practicing Muslim not reported as radicalised. His motives remain unclear.
The man, who is still in hospital, could be charged with “attempted murders against persons holding state authority”.
He was seriously wounded when the soldiers shot at him during his second attempt at ramming into them, but his injuries are not life-threatening, the government said in a statement.
In fact, some stories are calling it an attack upon the soldiers it seems.
At least, he’ll be able to be interrogated and answer questions.
French investigators found jihadist propaganda material on Saturday in the computer of a man who drove his car into troops guarding a mosque in southern France on New Year’s Day but said it did not prove he had links with any terrorist groups.
“The inspection of his computer led to the discovery of jihadi propaganda images,” local prosecutor Alex Perrin told Reuters.
“These are downloadable images that are a few weeks old. Not the worst type of images, but rather bellicose slogans,” he said. “It shows he had an appreciation of that but it does not prove he had links with terrorist organizations.”
The 29-year old Frenchman of Tunisian descent rammed his car into a group of four soldiers in a car park outside a large mosque in a suburb of Valence on Friday afternoon, the prosecutor told reporters earlier on Saturday.
He said earlier there was no evidence of him belonging to any terrorist group and it seemed he had acted alone.
“He reportedly shouted ‘Allah is great’, which suggests some sort of religious element.”
“When he was apprehended, he mentioned the fact that he wanted to kill troops because troops killed people,” the prosecutor added. “He said he wanted to be killed by troops.”
There was also no indication that the man was suffering from mental illness, the prosecutor said. He had been unemployed for several years and was not known to police or intelligence services, the prosecutor added.
The practicing Muslim lived in a suburb of Lyon, 100 km (60 miles) north of the town of Valence where the incident took place. “He had come to Valence, where his family-in-law lives, for the end of year holiday,” the prosecutor said.