French rapper arrested after kicking his dog in video

French rapper Timal was arrested east of Paris on Wednesday after posting a video to Snapchat showing him kicking a dog, police and prosecutors told AFP.

French rapper arrested after kicking his dog in video

The clip showed the 25-year-old musician, real name Ruben Louis, kicking one of his two dogs three times around the head, and bore the caption “you moron”.

Timal was arrested on Wednesday morning in Champs-sur-Marne and his two dogs confiscated, prosecutors in nearby Meaux said, adding that he faced charges of “cruelty towards a domestic animal”.

Several animal rights groups, including France’s oldest, the Society for the Protection of Animals (SPA) said they had filed complaints.

The latest high-profile animal cruelty case comes  after French footballer Kurt Zouma was in June sentenced to 180 hours’ community service by a British court for abusing his cat, which also came to light in a viral video.

Timal first broke through in February this year with Filtre (Filter), recorded alongside fellow rapper Gazo and which was number one in the charts  for a week in March.

The song has been played more than 52 million times on the world’s top music streaming service Spotify, and almost the same number of times on YouTube.

Five days ago, Timal released a new single, Cameleon alongside veteran rapper Booba.

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France detains three boys suspected of anti-Semitic rape of girl: police

French authorities have detained three boys suspected of the rape motivated by anti-Semitism of a 12-year-old girl outside Paris, police and prosecutors said on Tuesday.

France detains three boys suspected of anti-Semitic rape of girl: police

The three boys, aged between 12 and 13, were arrested on Monday on suspicion of raping the girl in the northwestern Paris suburb of Courbevoie, said a police source, asking not to be named.

They are to appear before an investigating magistrate later on Tuesday with a view to being charged with aggravated rape motivated by the religious affiliation of the victim, prosecutors said.

According to the police source, the girl said that she was approached by three teenagers and dragged into a shed while she was in a park near her home with a friend.

The suspects beat her and “forced her to have anal and vaginal penetration, fellatio, while uttering death threats and anti-Semitic remarks,” the same source said.

Her friend managed to identify two of the attackers.

France has the largest Jewish population of any country outside Israel and the United States, as well as Europe’s largest Muslim community.

The country has been on high alert for anti-Semitic acts since Hamas’s October 7 attack on southern Israel and the Israel’s campaign in Gaza in the months since.