French singer and actress Vanessa Paradis on Tuesday joked about, but did not deny, rumours that her relationship with US actor Johnny Depp was on the rocks.

"/> French singer and actress Vanessa Paradis on Tuesday joked about, but did not deny, rumours that her relationship with US actor Johnny Depp was on the rocks.

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Vanessa Paradis laughs off Johnny Depp rumours

French singer and actress Vanessa Paradis on Tuesday joked about, but did not deny, rumours that her relationship with US actor Johnny Depp was on the rocks.

Vanessa Paradis laughs off Johnny Depp rumours
Benoit Derrier

“As soon as I eat three peas, I’m pregnant… As soon as I visit a town, I’m buying a house… I separate in the winter, in the summer I get married,” Paradis told Europe 1 radio.

“I’ve been getting married every year for 15 years! If on top of everything else I have to respond to every rumour…” said the star of Jean-Claude Vallée’s new film “Cafe de Flore”.

The pair have been together for 14 years, and have two children, aged nine and 12. They divide their time between France and the US, where the media have been speculating in recent weeks that their relationship was over.

39-year-old Paradis shot to fame when just 14-years-old with her hit “Joe le taxi.” The song was number one in France for 11 weeks and reached number three in the UK charts the following years.

Since then Paradis has also branched out as an actress and model. She won a prestigious César award, the French equivalent of the Oscars, for her role in the 1989 film “Noce Blanche” (“White Wedding”).

Vanessa Paradis speaking on Europe 1, January 24th:


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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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