A British author has set up camp in the display window of a Paris bookstore for a six-day stunt to publicise a new French edition of one of her books, her French publisher said on Thursday.

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Author sets up residence in bookstore window

A British author has set up camp in the display window of a Paris bookstore for a six-day stunt to publicise a new French edition of one of her books, her French publisher said on Thursday.

Between the hours of 9am and 7pm Isabel Losada will stay put in the window display of WHSmith on Paris’ iconic Rue de Rivioli and will even eat her meals in the space, the publisher told AFP.

The author of “The Battersea Park Road to Enlightenment” is promoting the French release of the book in a stunt reminiscent of a 2010 performance art piece at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MOMA).

Between March and May, artist Marina Abramovic stayed immobile and silent for seven hours straight, six days a week, while museum-goers took turns sitting opposite her and holding her gaze.

Some MOMA visitors sat for hours on end, several cried and celebrities such as singers Bjork and Lou Reed sat in for a shift.

In 1995, Oscar-winning British actress Tilda Swinton lay in a glass box in London’s Serpentine Gallery for a week as an art installation.

The publicity stunt by Losada, whose books have sold more than 200,000 copies in 16 countries, also echoes a 2011 Christmas event at Paris department store Galeries Lafayette in which singers performed in the window display.

Losada is promoting the French release of a book in which she chronicles her pursuit of well-being and enlightenment by passing from seminar to convent to tantric sex to a “rebirth”.

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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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