A porn magazine that ran a feature on the sexual appetites of firemen, illustrated with a series of raunchy pictures, has had to explain itself in court.

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Porn mag gets firemen’s hoses in a twist

A porn magazine that ran a feature on the sexual appetites of firemen, illustrated with a series of raunchy pictures, has had to explain itself in court.

Porn mag gets firemen's hoses in a twist

The magazine, Hot Video, ran the 14-page article titled “the truth about firemen and sex” in November 2010 featuring claims about their steamy sex lives.

The stories included a statement by one anonymous horny fireman that “in certain fire stations, group orgies are THE preoccupation of the week.”

Alongside the raunchy tales was a series of compromising shots which used the services of four X-rated actresses. Pierre Cavalier, a journalist at the magazine, told AFP at the time the men were “real fire-fighters.”

The French National Firefighters Federation (FNSPF) filed a complaint following the publication of the magazine.

The article caused “consternation” among fire-fighters, Henri Trumer, the lawyer for the FNSPF, told a court room in the suburbs of Paris.

“Not only does it portray fire-fighters as sexual obsessives and the fire station as a place of debauchery, it is also an impediment to the feminization of the profession,” he said.

The lawyer for the magazine told the court that it was a lot of fuss about nothing and that the plaintiffs were “acting like scared virgins.” He added that this was the first time in twenty years that the magazine had been accused of defamation. 

The court adjourned and will give its judgement at a later date.

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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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