Sunday 25 September 2016

'Je suis chien' - police dog is hailed as hero

Published 19/11/2015 | 02:30

French police dog, Diesel, hailed as a hero after being killed in a raid targeting the alleged mastermind of the Paris attacks
French police dog, Diesel, hailed as a hero after being killed in a raid targeting the alleged mastermind of the Paris attacks

A French police dog named Diesel, who was killed in a raid targeting the alleged mastermind of the Paris attacks and another cell of extremists, was last night being honoured as a hero all over the world.

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Many have used social media to pay tribute to the seven-year-old Belgian shepherd dog that France's National Police said was "killed by terrorists" early yesterday during the raid in Saint Denis, a suburb north of Paris.

Police shared a picture of the SWAT team member on Twitter, saying assault dogs were indispensable to their work. Within hours, 'Je Suis Chien' - inspired by the popular slogan 'Je Suis ', used worldwide in solidarity after the Charlie Hebdo attacks earlier this year - had gone viral.

French police have banned public demonstrations until November 22 in Paris and surrounding towns in the latest utilisation of expanded security measures permitted under the state of emergency installed following last week's bloody attacks.

The ban on marches and other demonstrations on public squares and roadways enters into effect midnight Wednesday.

A debate will start today in the lower house of France's parliament ahead of a vote on whether the state of emergency should be extended for three months.

Meanwhile, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says two planned marches scheduled to take place during the upcoming Paris climate talks will be banned for security reasons following last week's attacks across the French capital.

Irish Independent

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