As you may have heard, a police dog was killed during some of the raids against suspected terrorists’ homes in Saint-Denis, just North of Paris.
Possibly surprisingly, given the French reputation for only caring about animals when they’re well-roasted and swimming in red wine sauce, the demise of the dog, Diesel, has attracted a great deal of internet emotion.
#jesuisdiesel Tribute to you, who sacrificed yourself for us #RIPDiesel
@PNationale @jesuischien #JeSuisChien (I am a dog) #JeSuisChienne (I am a bitch – no, really) Tribute from my kitty to Diesel: “je suis Diesel!”
But there have also been a lot of jokes:
Wanted: this cat has been radicalised and is suspected of being the brains behind the killing of Diesel #SaintDenis #JeSuisChien
Abu Waf Waf Al-Kelbi claims responsibility for the attack in St-Denis and declares war on all doggy apostates
(Waf is what dogs say in France.)
Abu Shapotté of the terrorist group Salam Kitty has declared that “this is only the beginning” – report by Ibnou Nyan Cat #JeSuisChien
“Shapotté” sounds like the French for Puss-in-Boots.
This is war #abu miao…
@sofianemv17 A Syrian pet passport was found at the scene of the crime
@HamzaAchel Most cats are peaceful, don’t treat them all like terrorists
In my hood they be shouting Allah Akbar when they heard about the police dog… #JeSuisUnChien