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Frenchwoman ‘strips for police’ after car accident

A Frenchwoman reportedly performed a striptease for police in an apparent bid to escape a drink-driving charge.

Frenchwoman 'strips for police' after car accident
Photo: AFP
The incident occurred after 10pm on Tuesday, when the World Music Day festival was in full swing across France. 
 
Perhaps on the way home from one of the countless (and often boozy) parties for the occasion, a woman in southwestern France's Angoulême crashed her car into a roundabout.
 
Witnesses reported that the woman, who was in her 50's, emerged from the vehicle apparently unhurt but extremely tipsy, the local Charente Libre newspaper reported.
 
Then, claiming that she was “getting hot” as police arrived, the woman reportedly began to remove her clothes in what onlookers described as a striptease. 
 
When police asked her to blow into a breathalyzer, the woman pretended she wasn't able to, the paper reported, prompting police to haul her in to the station where she spent the night. 
 
French drivers still think 'little alcohol, little danger'
 
Drink-driving in France is a common occurrence. Almost one quarter of French drivers admitted to drinking alcohol before driving in a survey from April.  
 
In the survey, 23 percent of drivers said they had got behind the wheel of the car after drinking “two glasses” of an alcoholic drink, although it wasn't specified whether those drinks were wine, beer or perhaps cognac.
 
Some four percent of drivers admitted to downing more than four glasses of an alcoholic drink.
 
Alcohol is the second-leading cause of road fatalities in France – the first one being speed – and is responsible for around ten percent of road deaths in France, the total of which last year stood at 3,464.

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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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