An astonishing video featuring billionaire media boss Arnaud Lagardère is causing some raised eyebrows in France's corporate world and beyond.

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French mogul flaunts sexy girlfriend in video

An astonishing video featuring billionaire media boss Arnaud Lagardère is causing some raised eyebrows in France's corporate world and beyond.

French mogul flaunts sexy girlfriend in video
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The film shows 50-year old Lagardère and his Belgian girlfriend of six months, model Jade Foret, in a range of suggestive poses while they are photographed.

The video was made by top-selling Belgian newspaper Le Soir, which interviewed the couple for its magazine. The 20-year old Foret is a well-known model and TV presenter in her home country. 

After a short interview at the start of the three-minute video, the couple are shown posing suggestively in a variety of outfits and positions with the accompaniment of an ambient music track.

In some scenes, the statuesque Foret is shown towering over her more diminutive partner, aided by the thigh-high stiletto boots she is wearing.

The couple are then seen lying on a chaise longue gazing lovingly at each other, the model’s breasts barely covered while he caresses her legs.

In a short interview at the start of the video Lagardère explains that they are doing the interview “to show we’re together and we’re serious.” He adds that they met in Paris but the relationship got going in London.

Lagardère is boss of a huge media empire that includes Paris Match, Journal du Dimanche and Europe 1 as well as a leading publishing business. The group’s interests also include a stake in aircraft manufacturer EADS.

Daily newspaper Liberation sought the views of some of Lagardère’s employees. The responses were not particularly positive. One commented,”what’s sad is that he looks like a baby in this video”, while another said, “this says a lot about him, as if he hasn’t finished growing up yet.”

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France’s mystery rooftop panther stolen from zoo

A black panther rescued from rooftops near the northern city of Lille last week has been stolen from the zoo where it was taken after capture, officials said.

France's mystery rooftop panther stolen from zoo
Photo: AFP/ Sapeurs Pompiers du Nord

The feline was seized overnight from the zoo in Maubeuge near the Belgian border, the city's mayor, Arnaud Decagny, told AFP on Tuesday.

“This animal was the only target,” Decagny said, adding that “considerable efforts” were made to force locks and avoid security systems.

Zoo personnel are worried about the young panther's health, “which is rather delicate because he lacks strength,” the mayor added, saying the animal was just a few months old and weighed between 25 and 30kg.

The panther after its capture. Photo League Protectrice des Animaux de la Nord de France/AFP

The panther was going to be transferred to a centre specialised in rehabilitating wild animals that had been domesticated.

Firefighters caught the cat last Wednesday as it roamed rooftops in Armentieres after escaping through the window of a private apartment believed to have been its home.

The panther's owner is thought to have escaped through the same window, for fear of being charged with illegally harbouring a wild animal.

Police have not located the fugitive owner, who could face charges of endangering the public, which is punishable by up to a year in prison and €15,000 in fines, Decagny said.

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