A landlord took extreme measures when he changed the locks on his property and put all his tenant's belongings in the street, while the tenant was away travelling.

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Landlord puts all tenant’s belongings in the street

A landlord took extreme measures when he changed the locks on his property and put all his tenant's belongings in the street, while the tenant was away travelling.

Landlord puts all tenant's belongings in the street
Alan Stanton

The incident took place in the village of Marsillargues, close to the southern cities of Montpellier and Nîmes.

Local newspaper Midi Libre reports that last week the landlord arrived with two men late at night while the tenant was away.

Together they changed the locks and started to unload all the furniture and belongings from the 45-metre-squared apartment. “It’s nothing, just someone moving,” he told an inquiring passer-by.

The next morning, locals woke to find the fully equipped apartment on the street and started to help themselves.

“Everyone was going through his affairs,” said one villager. “I even saw someone go off to get their car and then load it up. One woman was helping herself to the lamps without even asking questions.”

The belongings included furniture, clothes and even a guitar.

The tenant himself arrived home from a business trip on Friday evening to find his door locked. He quickly realised that everything had been removed and alerted the police.

“The police didn’t record my complaint, saying they were unable to act,” he told the newspaper. He has now taken up the matter with a lawyer.

Village authorities have also stepped in to help out the man and have asked to meet the landlord. 

“You can’t behave like that,” said the mayor, Bernadette Vignon, “particularly in the winter.”

The village is also launching a plan to get back as many of the man’s possessions as possible from his neighbours.

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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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