The person was recognized to police and intelligence providers, Inside Minister Bruno le Roux informed reporters. A police supply described him as a radicalised Muslim however didn't determine him by identify.
The anti-terrorism prosecutor opened an investigation.
The busy Orly airport south of Paris was evacuated and safety forces swept the world for bombs to ensure the lifeless man was not sporting an explosive belt, however nothing was discovered, inside ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet informed Reuters."The person succeeded in seizing the weapon of a soldier. He was shortly neutralised by the safety forces," Brandet stated.
Noone else was injured on the airport.
Flights have been suspended from each terminals of the airport and a few flights have been diverted to Charles de Gaulle airport north of the capital, airport operator ADP stated.
Earlier, a police officer was shot and wounded by the identical man throughout a routine visitors verify in Stains, north of Paris.
The incidents got here 5 weeks earlier than France holds presidential elections during which nationwide safety is a key difficulty.
The nation stays on excessive alert after assaults by Islamic State militants killed scores of individuals within the final two years -including coordinated bombings and shootings in Paris in November 2015 through which 130 individuals have been killed. A state of emergency is in place till no less than the top of July.
The assaults would haven't any influence on a visit to Paris by Prince William, second-in-line to the British throne, and his spouse Kate, who're as a result of finish a two-day go to to the French capital on Saturday, a British spokesman stated.
The soldier whose gun the person tried to grab was a member of the military's "Sentinelle" operation answerable for patrolling airports and different key websites since January 2015 when Islamist attackers killed 12 individuals on the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. It was strengthened after the Paris assaults.
Round three,000 passengers have been evacuated from the airport, the second busiest within the nation.
In March 2016, Islamic State claimed duty for suicide bomb assaults on Brussels airport and a rush-hour metro practice within the Belgian capital which killed 35 individuals, together with three suicide bombers.