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Frenchman opens fire after doctor refuses sick note

Some people are clearly prepared to go to extreme lengths to get signed off work

Frenchman opens fire after doctor refuses sick note
Photo: AFP

A Frenchman was so angry that a doctor refused to give him a sick note that he returned a short while after his appointment, this time armed with a rifle.

The sales rep reportedly threatened a practitioner at the surgery in Izeaux, near the south eastern city of Grenoble, before opening fire.

He fired off two shots inside the surgery, thankfully without injuring anyone.

The man eventually regained his calm and voluntarily went off to the police station, where he told officers he had cracked after being “hassled and humiliated” by his boss at work.

He had no previous criminal history but he was nevertheless sentenced to 30 months in prison by a court in Grenoble, 18 of which were suspended.

So in the end, he achieved his aim of not going to work, although clearly not in the way he had initially set out to.

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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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