Patrons at Paris's "Crazy Horse" breathed a sigh of relief on Thursday as topless dancers got back on stage following the first-ever strike over pay at the famed cabaret.

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‘Crazy Horse’ dancers back in saddle after strike

Patrons at Paris's "Crazy Horse" breathed a sigh of relief on Thursday as topless dancers got back on stage following the first-ever strike over pay at the famed cabaret.

'Crazy Horse' dancers back in saddle after strike
Yumi Ang

The club’s 18 dancers got back down to business of baring it after management agreed to their demands of a 15-percent salary increase and better recognition of their hard work, one of the bar’s owners, Philippe Lhomme, told AFP.

He did not provide details on what the better recognition would entail.

Earlier, citing “an unprecedented situation”, the cabaret’s management said in a statement it was “forced to cancel performances” on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Opened in 1951, the Crazy Horse boasts of being the most sophisticated of the Parisian topless cabarets when compared to the large-scale adult revues at the Moulin Rouge or the Lido.

“For years we’ve been asking for a little more consideration,” the dancers’ union representative, 24-year-old Suzanne Durand, said earlier. “Our salary does not take at all into account our workloads or our nudity.”

Dancers at the cabaret said they worked five to six nights a week and earned a net salary of €2,000 ($2,535) per month.

“Being nude every night is not an easy thing from either a moral or physical point of view. To be paid this salary makes it seem vulgar. What’s the difference between a Crazy Horse dancer and someone working in a peep show?” she said.

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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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