French rock group decides to change name… from ‘Trumps’

A French electronic rock group thought their name, Trumps, was an ace choice when they launched on the musical scene in 2014, but now they've been forced to think again.

French rock group decides to change name... from 'Trumps'
Photo: Facebook/Trumps

The election of Donald Trump to the White House has given the band almighty headache — and the monicker which they liked so much has been ditched.

In an announcement on Facebook, Trumps said they want to avoid any association with the controversial tycoon and are open to suggestions from fans for a new name.

Their lead singer, who goes under the stage name of Jim, said the Trumps' image problem began when the US election campaign built up steam.

“We don't feel like being associated with this guy,” he told AFP on Monday.

“We have no connection with him, and we don't want to be seen pushing anything political.”

Witty fans have suggested the group be renamed “The Hillarys” or “The LePens”, a reference to defeated Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton and France's far-right leader Marine Le Pen.

But according to local radio station France Bleu Poitou, the ex-Trumps will be reborn next month as Odd Zoo.

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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.