Despite claims that he was a strict Islamist, it is reported he was a practicing bisexual, drank alcohol and smoked drugs.
Bastille Day terror killer Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel regularly used dating sites to pick up male and female lovers, it has been reported.
Details of 31-year-old’s personal life have emerged from his mobile phone, which is in the possession of police investigators.
It reveals that – despite claims that he had recently been radicalised into a strict Islamist – he was bisexual, drank alcohol and smoked drugs.
The phone was picked up by police officers after they shot him dead on Thursday in a lorry that he had used to kill 85 people on the Promenade des Anglais, in the French city of Nice.
According to officers, the phone is proving more important to the investigation that the seven suspects currently in custody for their links to the terrorist.
They range from two Albanians suspected of supplying a pistol to Bouhlel, and others whose numbers appeared on the phone.
But the device itself is full of messages, videos and photographs, including ones of men and women Boulel had recently slept with.
“The testimony which investigators are relying on most is that of the mobile phone,” reported the BFM TV news channel, citing evidence leaked to them.
Two hundred officers are now working exclusively on enquiries related to data found on the phone.
Boulel loved sending selfie photos to people, and would record all of his relationships with other people, however brief.
He visited gyms and salsa bars regularly, and would also visit websites showing pictures of executions, said BFM TV.
“The busy sex life of a man who had recently discovered a religious faith is shown by the data on the device,” BFM added.
Beyond enjoying straight and homosexual sex with different partners, the divorced father of three also used his phone to prepare his attack on civilians, including hundreds of children enjoying a Bastille Day fireworks display.
He also took a selfie of himself inside the hired truck just before heading off on his killing and maiming spree, sending it to family members in his native Tunisia.
Bouhlel also talked of his delight in obtaining a 7.65 pistol and his hope of getting other weapons.
One text message read: ‘Bring more weapons. Bringing in 5,’ according to judicial sources.
An earlier text read: “It’s good. I have the equipment.”
The last text was timed at 10.27pm to one of the men now in custody following police raids over the weekend.
It ended “Bringing in five to C”.
The majority of the arrests followed an examination of the dead killer’s mobile phone, said another investigating source.
“He had been in contact with them on a number of occasions,” said the judicial source.
One theory being looked at was that Bouhlel was “intent on committing suicide”, and had planned his own death “in the style of a terrorist attack”.
This theory was being supported by some of the information gleaned by those in custody, the source added.
These included Ramzie Arifa, a 22-year-old, who is known to have “spent time talking with Bouhlel before the attack.”