Russia gives France a puppy to replace Diesel, dog killed in Paris raid

(CNN)He may be no Diesel, but Russia has given France a new puppy following the death of the seven-year-old police dog during a terror raid in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis last month.

“The puppy you are giving us today will replace Diesel and proves your friendship,” said French ambassador Jean-Maurice Ripert, during a ceremony at the French Embassy in Moscow on Monday.

“They are waiting for this puppy in Paris,” he added, according to Russian news agency Tass.


Diesel’s death in a police raid on November 18 came five days after 130 people were killed in multiple terror attacks in Paris.

A city in mourning marked the dog’s death with the hashtag #JeSuisChien, a nod to #JeSuisCharlie, the hashtag that went viral after the terror attacks on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in January.

    Russia’s gift dog Dobrynya is named after a folklore hero, and is intended as a “symbol of the unity of our nations in implacable fight against terrorism,” Russian Deputy Interior Minister Igor Zubov said during the ceremony on Monday.


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