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VIDEO: Unamused French mayor reassures tourists after they’re told to ‘Go f***ing home’

A mayor in the south of France has been forced to reassure holidaymakers that they are still welcome on the beach after he failed to see the funny side of an airplane banner telling holidaymakers to "go f***ing home".

A French mayor has apologized to tourists after an unusual message was delivered by plane to people sunbathing on Carnon beach near Montpellier in southern France. 
 
Holidaymakers on the popular tourist beach, situated close to France's border with Spain, were no doubt surprised to see a plane flying overhead pulling a banner with the words, “Go home fucking tourists” in English followed by the same message in Spanish, as they soaked up the summer sunshine. 
 
Needless to say beachgoers were left bemused as the video below shows.
 
The police stepped in before the same message could be delivered in French. 
 
Thankfully the banner wasn't the work of disgruntled locals fed up at seeing their resort invaded by the summer hordes.
 
The stunt was actually the work of a popular French Youtube prankster Remi Gaillard who started filming pranks for the video sharing website after losing his job in a shoe store. 
 
The video below was filmed by Gaillard and shows how he pulled off the stunt.
 
But not everyone was laughing. 
 
The mayor of the city of Mauguio Carnon, Yvon Bourrel – no doubt concerned about the opinion this would give tourists of the popular holiday spot – took to Twitter to denounce the stunt as “upsetting”, assuring tourists that he was happy to welcome them to the town this summer. 
 
While the man behind the prank snapped back on Twitter that while the stunt was a joke, what he finds “upsetting” is the fact that first-aid posts close at 6.30pm when the beaches are still packed with people. 
 
 
The humorist then claimed that thanks to his “joke” first aiders on the beach went into extra time on Sunday evening, allowing them to come to the rescue of a holidaymaker from Paris who became ill after 6.30pm. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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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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