State of emergency at the Dakar rally in Saudi Arabia, as a result of which French race car driver Philippe Boutron was injured at the end of December, was due to improvised explosives.
Police and security sources reported the findings of the investigation in a commentary to the French radio station RTL.
It is specified that the detonation occurred under the car. Investigators found traces of explosives in the damaged vehicle.
In January, France's special prosecutor's office for combating terrorism launched an investigation into the incident. Investigators have not yet responded to a request for comment on the matter.
According to French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, there are various “hypotheses that this was a terrorist attack.” So far, the state of emergency has not been declared a terrorist act in the country.
Police are also investigating an explosion under a car belonging to the team of Franco-Italian rally participant Camelia Liparoti. It thundered on December 31.