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Parisian caught snorting coke on bonnet of cop car (outside a police station)

A 38-year-old man stunned police in Paris after snorting cocaine right in front of their noses.

Parisian caught snorting coke on bonnet of cop car (outside a police station)
Illustration photo: AFP
The man stunned officers by climbing on to the cop car parked in front of the police station on Rue de Nancy in the capital's 10th arrondissement. He was immediately arrested and placed in custody.
 
A police source told Le Parisien newspaper: “He had a banknote rolled up in the shape of a straw to inhale the line of white powder.”
 
After being arrested he was found to have two little sachets of cocaine in his pocket.
 
While the drug user's choice of location might seem hard to believe, in his defence, so to speak, the car he climbed on top of was an unmarked police car belonging to crime squad rather than a traditional police car.
 
And he himself tried to play down the act telling officers: “I just didn't see I was in front of the police station”.
 
He was charged with drugs offences.

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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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