A 53-year-old former teacher was less than thrilled to receive an email from Pôle Emploi, the French government-run jobs agency, proposing a position stripping in a local nightclub.

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Teacher, 53, urged to take stripper job

A 53-year-old former teacher was less than thrilled to receive an email from Pôle Emploi, the French government-run jobs agency, proposing a position stripping in a local nightclub.

Teacher, 53, urged to take stripper job
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The job announcement said: “Nightclub searches stripper, €12 an hour” ($15).

Danièle Casadamont, who received the email at her home in Poussan, south-west France, was not happy with the proposition.

“If Pôle Emploi is suggesting we go naked for money, where’s it going to end?” she told radio station RTL on Tuesday.

Pôle Emploi refused to apologise for the job proposal.

“There’s no problem,” said Pascal Blain to regional newspaper Midi Libre. “The offer is completely legal and there’s nothing discriminatory. This lady received it because she has subscribed to job offers proposed in her region.”

“The mails are automatic. It’s the machine that does the work,” he went on to explain.

“Letting the machine do the work, that’s the problem,” responded Danièle.

“The image of women is so mistreated today,” she added. “It’s time to stop asking us to drop our pants.”

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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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