A lion cub was found in a car on the Champs Elysees in Paris late on Monday, a police source said, the latest incidence of the fluffy but ferocious animal apparently being kept as a pet.
The baby lion was discovered inside a hired Lamborghini during a police search on busy bustling commercial street, according to the source, confirming previous media reports.
The driver was taken into custody and the pup was being cared for, they said.
Last month, a six-week-old lion cub was seized in an apartment in a suburb of Paris and the owner was sentenced to six months in prison.
During the trial, the prosecutor said the discovery was not an isolated case and that investigations were already under way in three other puppies kept on the outskirts of the capital.
In a separate incident in October, a small lion cub weighing just a few pounds was found in a car garage in the southern French city of Marseille.
This pup, a female believed to be between one and two months old, was passed to a specialized NGO that works to house wild animals.