A weekly TV magazine has apologized after accidentally allowing a mischievous employee to slip in a hostile comment about President Nicolas Sarkozy in a TV review.

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TV mag tells Sarkozy to ‘get out’

A weekly TV magazine has apologized after accidentally allowing a mischievous employee to slip in a hostile comment about President Nicolas Sarkozy in a TV review.

TV mag tells Sarkozy to 'get out'

In this week’s issue of Télé 2 Semaines (TV Fortnight), a programme about France and Germany to be broadcast on Tuesday February 14th mentioned the President’s name followed by “dehors!” in brackets. “Dehors” translates in this context as “get out”.

The magazine’s publisher Prisma Presse apologized for the inadvertent political commentary in a statement released on Tuesday.

“The word “dehors” has been fraudulently added after the name of Nicolas Sarkozy,” said the statement.

“This is an act of malice deliberately committed outside the usual proofreading checks of the magazine. Prisma Presse and Télé 2 Semaines offers its apologies to President Nicolas Sarkozy.”

The incident happened at the same time as Prisma Presse is outsourcing some of its magazine work.

A union spokesman said there was no link between that process and the political outburst.

“Some colleagues have wrongly drawn a link between the malicious comment about the president and the ongoing conflict,” said a statement. “There is no relation between the two events” and “the inopportune comment is the result of an isolated act.”

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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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