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Feuding French rappers to settle scores in Swiss cage fight

Two feuding French rappers have said they will settle their differences with a two million-euro cage fight in Switzerland in December.

Feuding French rappers to settle scores in Swiss cage fight
Booba and Kaaris have been at the centre of a long-running feud. Photo: AFP

Bitter rivals Booba and Kaaris ended up behind bars last August after a running battle between their entourages shut down part of a Paris airport.

Kaaris, 39, posted a video of himself signing the contract for the fight while he nonchalantly ate some chicken and chips with the hashtag, “The rule is that there will be no rules.”

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The fight at Orly airport was caught on camera. 

Booba quickly took to social media to mock his rival.

“He's signed, he's signed,” he said. “I wanted (the fight) to happen earlier but the diva and actress wouldn't have it. The important thing is that it happens.”

The ultra-violent sport of MMA (mixed martial arts) is still banned in France, so the fight will take place in Geneva.

The winner will take home €1.5 million, while the loser will get a third of that, the promoters confirmed Monday.

While the Ivory Coast-born Kaaris has promised he will drink his rival's blood, Booba, aka Elie Yaffa, has replied in kind. “I will beat you to death, you son of a bitch,” he wrote.

The rappers' long-running dispute has sparked hilarity on social media. 

A month in solitary confinement following the brawl at Orly airport, heavy fines and the threat of 18 months more behind bars have done nothing to cool their animosity.

Booba – whose Instagram account photo features his toned six-pack – spent the weekend posting videos of his training and dietary regime and promoting a gadget which he claims helps eliminate abominable fat.

“People tell me that it is going to be hard to keep up the training for eight months,” said the tattooed 42-year-old who calls himself the “Duke of Boulogne”.

“But what's hard is having to get up at six in the morning to fill the shelves of Monoprix (a French supermarket) for €1,000 a month,” he added.

The rumble in Geneva will be run by the Swiss MMA franchise, the Strength and Honor Championship. 

Promoter Raid Salah said talks between the two men on setting up the fight had been “very difficult” with each throwing tantrums.

The airport scrap in August between the singers, who were both on their way to concerts in Barcelona, went viral after bystanders filmed the fight on their phones.

News of their cage fight set social media alight with mocking memes comparing the grudge match to the big money boxing match between legendary fighter Floyd Mayweather and Irish MMA star Conor McGregor in 2017, which the American won.

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Seven Swiss music festivals you need to see this summer

Switzerland is home to a growing crop of great summer music festivals. Here is our guide to the best of the best.

Seven Swiss music festivals you need to see this summer
Billie Eilish will be performing at the Zurich Openair in August. Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America/AFP

Montreux Jazz Festival

June 28th–July 13th

This is Switzerland’s most famous musical festival and one of the world’s best-known events. Headliners this year include folk legend Joan Baez and pop queen Janet Jackson while the usual diverse program features everyone from Slash (of Guns N’ Roses fame) to jazz singer Bobby McFerrin and the amazing Bon Iver. And if the high ticket prices are a turn off, the streets of Montreux are full of free music during the festival making a visit to the town worthwhile even if you aren’t visiting one of the venues.

Openair Frauenfeld

July 11th–13th

Often described as the biggest hip hop festival in Europe, the 2019 Frauenfeld music festival features Cardi B and Travis Scott. This is also Switzerland’s largest outdoor musical festival with around 150,000 attendees.

Gurtenfestival, Bern

July 17th–20th

The Gurtenfestival is Bern’s biggest and features international big names alongside the hottest acts in the Swiss music scene. This year the legendary (and elusive) Lauryn Hill and US duo Twenty One Pilots as well as Swiss stars Patent Ochsner and Lo & Leduc.

Blue Balls Festival, Lucerne

July 19th–27th

A long-running member of the Swiss summer music scene, Lucerne’s Blue Balls festival features music, art and photography exhibitions and discussion panels. Among the musical highlights this year are blues legend Keb Mo, high energy Australian ensemble The Cat Empire and German soul and R&B star Xavier Naidoo.

Paléo Festival, Nyon

July 23th–July 28th

The Paléo Festival on the shores of Lake Geneva has a lot of heart, which can always be said in these days of hyper-commercial summer music festivals. Heading up the bill in 2019 are UK indie legends The Cure, US singer Lana del Rey and French songstress Charlotte Gainsbourg. It’s not just about music though. Kids up to the age of 12 get in free and there are all sorts of activities on offer for them. There is also street theatre for young and old alike and a strong focus on supporting charitable causes.

St Gallen Open Air 

July 27th–July 30th

St Gallen’s open air is the grand old dame of Swiss music festivals. Now in its 41st year, the event sees over 100,000 people descending on the eastern Swiss city. Over the years, anyone who is anyone has played here – from the Beastie Boys to B.B. King. At the top of the bill this year are German punk legends Die Ärzte and UK Indie rock band Florence and the Machine.

Zurich Openair

August 21st–24th

Held near Zurich Airport, this star-studded festival focuses on electronica and rock music. The big names this year include dance group Swedish House Mafia, UK duo Chemical Brothers, US rapper Macklemore and none other than US singer-songwriter Billie Eilish.

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