Days after mail order company La Redoute apologised for an errant nude man in the background of one of its catalogue pages, competitor 3 Suisses has used the same man to promote its own products.

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Rival catalogue uses nude man in ad

Days after mail order company La Redoute apologised for an errant nude man in the background of one of its catalogue pages, competitor 3 Suisses has used the same man to promote its own products.

Rival catalogue uses nude man in ad

The company published an ad on its Facebook page on Sunday showing the nude man with the headline “Clearly, not everyone knows that we have swimming trunks from €9.99.”

The ad shows the same blurry man but this time sporting a pair of snug black trunks to protect his modesty.

The man’s appearance in the background of a catalogue spread for children’s clothes caused much hilarity on the internet on Wednesday.

Within hours of the discovery the man was being added to other images, including the first steps of man on the moon and the Back to the Future film poster.

La Redoute was not so amused and issued apologies immediately.

“An internal inquiry has been opened to determine how the error happened,” said a spokeswoman for the company.

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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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