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‘Jew or not Jew’ app pulled by Apple in France

Apple said on Wednesday that an iPhone application called "Jew or not Jew" which drew criticism from anti-racism and Jewish groups has been removed from the App Store in France.

'Jew or not Jew' app pulled by Apple in France
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“This app violates local law and is no longer available on the App Store in France,” Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr told AFP.

The application, which went on sale on August 9 and cost 0.79 euros, was denounced in France by SOS Racisme, Jewish groups and other organizations.

The app provided information about whether some 3,500 people from various walks of life in 50 countries were Jewish or not.

The creator of the application, Johann Levy, told AFP in Paris that he is Jewish and the app was not intended to be offensive.

On the contrary, he said, it was designed to “make Jews proud” when they find out that a “particular celebrity is also Jewish.”

French laws enacted following World War II ban compiling information about religious affiliation without permission. Violators could face five years in prison and a fine of €300,000 ($414,000).

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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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