The attacker could turn out to be a “right-wing extremist,” but it should be borne in mind that last June, the Islamic State published a poster depicting an SUV driving over a heap of skulls and bearing the legend “Run Over Them Without Mercy.”
And the Islamic State issued this call in September 2014:
So O muwahhid, do not let this battle pass you by wherever you may be. You must strike the soldiers, patrons, and troops of the tawaghit. Strike their police, security, and intelligence members, as well as their treacherous agents. Destroy their beds. Embitter their lives for them and busy them with themselves. If you can kill a disbelieving American or European — especially the spiteful and filthy French — or an Australian, or a Canadian, or any other disbeliever from the disbelievers waging war, including the citizens of the countries that entered into a coalition against the Islamic State, then rely upon Allah, and kill him in any manner or way however it may be….If you are not able to find an IED or a bullet, then single out the disbelieving American, Frenchman, or any of their allies. Smash his head with a rock, or slaughter him with a knife, or run him over with your car, or throw him down from a high place, or choke him, or poison him….
Or, given his odd “I’m a terrorist” shout, he could be a non-Muslim who sees who France’s new masters are, is impressed, and wants to get in on the action.
“Villeurbanne. A motorist rushes at the crowd during a music festival,” translated from “Villeurbanne. Un automobiliste fonce sur la foule lors d’un festival de musique,” Ouest France, March 31, 2018 (thanks to David):
The 34-year-old man was probably under the influence of alcohol when he stormed the audience of the electronic music festival. There were no casualties in the crowd, but two police officers were slightly injured during his arrest.
There was panic late Friday night on the campus of the Doua, Villeurbanne, in the suburbs of Lyon, where the electronic music festival Reperkusound was being held. Around midnight, “a man tried to rush into the crowd driving his car,” reports our colleague “The Progress.” After passing a security fence, he suddenly accelerated and rushed at the crowd, “creating a panic movement.” When the anti-crime squad stopped his run, he got out of his car shouting “I’m a terrorist.” The witnesses say that the man was very excited and probably under the influence of alcohol.
According to our colleagues from France Info, two policemen were injured at the time of the arrest: “one was hit on the cheekbone, the other has a few scratches.”
The man, 34, was not known to the police. He was placed in custody.