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Mother gives birth on Paris Metro and baby earns free travel until 25

One woman had a rather unusual journey on the Paris Metro when she was forced to deliver her bundle of joy right there in one of the carriages, but the good news for the newborn was that he was awarded free travel in Paris until the age of 25.

Mother gives birth on Paris Metro and baby earns free travel until 25
Photo: AFP
Some might say you can see it all on the Paris Metro and this story is proof of that. 
 
The woman went into labour on Wednesday night on line 6 of the Paris Metro at Glacière Metro station in the south east of the French capital. 
 
Luckily, a doctor was present on the train and able to help her deliver her baby.
 
 
The baby boy was born at 10.40 pm and the mother was taken to Hôpital Cochin in the 14th arrondissement by firefighters a few minutes after. 
 
The boy, named Ousmane, has received the traditional gift from the capital's transport operator RATP — free travel until he turns 25.
 
The service was briefly interrupted on line 6 between Raspail and Place d'Italie from 10.35 pm to 11.10 pm.
 
A similar incident took place in September when Gare du Nord in Paris, once described as the “squalor pit of Europe” became a makeshift maternity ward when a woman had a “lightning birth” in the middle of the station.
 
And in June RER rail passengers in the French capital faced delays because a woman was forced to give birth to a baby boy on the busiest train line in Europe.

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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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