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French chef held for ‘killing and eating’ dogs

A man working as a chef in the southern suburbs of Paris has been sectioned and accused of killing and eating dogs after the mutilated bodies of two animals were found outside his home.

A 25-year-old man working as a chef in the Paris suburbs has been accused of killing two dogs and then eating them, Le Parisien reported. The chef also faces charges of animal cruelty and has since been forcibly committed by authorities to the Paul-Guiraud psychiatric hospital in the nearby town of Villejuif.

The arrest came after the caretaker of a block of flats in the town of Krelim-Bicêtre, in the southern suburbs of Paris, made a gruesome discovery in February 2013, when he found the mutilated body of a German Shepherd in a plastic bag. Two weeks later he found the body parts of an eight-month-old Border Collie. 

Two autopsies on the black and white Border Collie confirmed that the dog had been dismembered while still alive and that certain body parts had been removed to be used as meat. 

“The autopsy leaves little doubt as to the reason for the cuts,” Stéphane Lamart, President of the French animal rights association (l'association de défense des animaux éponyme), told Le Parisien on Wednesday, adding that the slaughter had been done “cleanly”.

"Someone who wantonly attacks a dog doesn't do it like that," he said.

Thanks to microchips in the animals police were able to find out the names of the dogs and track down their previous owners. One of the owners confirmed that she had sold the dog to a man over the internet whose contact details turned out to be fake.

It will be up to the doctors at the psychiatric hospital to determine whether the man is mentally fit enough to be tried for the crime.

While the consumption of dog meat is not in itself a crime in France, the slaughtering of animals is strictly regulated.

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French police bust cross-Channel people-smuggling ring

French police have busted a major people-smuggling ring that has been sending migrants to Britain in dinghies, with more than a dozen boats and 700 life jackets seized in a raid, French authorities said Thursday.

French police bust cross-Channel people-smuggling ring

The ring was run by Iraqi Kurdish migrants and had a logistics hub in Lille, a northern French city about 100 kilmetres (60 miles) from the northern Channel beaches around Calais that are used for crossings.

Three Iraqi men have been charged, along with three French suspects after their arrest on Monday.

Police discovered “a real factory supplying nautical equipment” in Lille, the head of French anti-migration agency Ocriest, Xavier Delrieu, told AFP.

In what was their biggest ever seizure of equipment, they found 13 inflatable boats, 14 outboard engines, 700 life jackets, 100 pumps and 700 litres of fuel, Delrieu said.

The group is suspected of having organised 80 Channel crossings over the summer, of which 50 succeeded, with the smugglers netting around €80,000 for each one.

The arrests came due to intelligence-sharing between authorities in Belgium, Britain, Germany and the Netherlands, who are all trying to crack down on migrants crossing the Channel by boat.

The original tip-off came after a border guard control discovered a group of French youths carrying inflatables from Germany into the Netherlands.

More migrants have crossed the Channel to the UK from northern France so far this year than in the whole of 2021.

So far this year, more than 30,000 people have been detected crossing the Channel to the UK, fresh government figures showed Thursday. On Wednesday alone, the authorities detected another 667 people.

Britain’s new prime minister, Liz Truss, has faced some criticism from other Conservatives and in right-wing media outlets for not pressing for more French action against the crossings when she met President Emmanuel Macron in New York on Tuesday.

Downing Street said the issue did not come up at their talks on the margins of the UN General Assembly, which instead focused on common ground including Ukraine and energy security.

The crossings are among a host of issues that have badly strained Franco-British relations in recent years.

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