A publicity stunt by a French lingerie company in which three models stripped off and paraded around one of Paris' premier art galleries has not been welcomed by officials.

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Museum anger at lingerie display

A publicity stunt by a French lingerie company in which three models stripped off and paraded around one of Paris' premier art galleries has not been welcomed by officials.

Museum anger at lingerie display
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The gimmick was designed to promote the upcoming launch of Etam’s lingerie collection.

In the video, available on social network site DailyMotion, the three models walk into the museum wearing coats and stiletto heels.

Once inside among the museum’s famous paintings, they strip off, to the shock of art-loving tourists.

The three models giggle as they walk nervously around the museum until they seem to be ushered out of the doors.

Libération newspaper reported that the museum’s head of communications said filming had not been authorised and that lawyers will make an official complaint.

“I’m responsible for filming and such a shoot would never have been accepted. It’s unthinkable,” Amélie Hardivillier told the newspaper.

The Musée d’Orsay is one of Paris’ well known and most visited art galleries, housed in a former train station on the city’s left bank. 

It is best known for its collection of impressionist and post-impressionist painters including Monet, Manet, Renoir and Van Gogh.

Défi sexy : En lingerie au Musée ! par Etam

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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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