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Frenchman given gold bar as a reward for his honesty

A young Frenchman who was honest enough to return an expensive package he mistakenly received to its rightful owner will get paid in gold as a reward for his actions.

Frenchman given gold bar as a reward for his honesty

Twenty-seven year old Julien from Vannes in Brittany couldn’t believe his eyes last Saturday when he opened a package he’d just received from a deliveryman. 

He was expecting it to be the bikini he’d ordered for his wife but this parcel was a lot heavier, shinier and pricier.

As he unwrapped the package, Julien took out several Louis d’Or coins and numerous gold ingots weighing between 20 and 50 grammes.

“The price on the attached invoice was almost €20,000!” he told regional daily Ouest France in disbelief.

“I didn’t pay too much attention when I signed for the packages, I thought it was just a swimsuit I’d ordered for my wife.”

Despite the fortuitous stroke of luck, Julien didn’t let greed get the better of him, choosing instead to reach out to the rightful owner of the stash of gold.

Using the correct address on the invoice -as opposed to the one the box – he headed to the person’s home to hand them back their gold, but found there was nobody in.

Not letting that sidetrack him, Julien then went to Vannes police station to explain what had happened.

“The officer congratulated me for bringing in the package and taking pictures of it,” he recalls.

Eventually the mystery beneficiary is located and his gold possessions handed over to him.

Fortunately for Julien, his good deed didn’t go unnoticed by France’s National Gold Association (Le Comptoir National de l'Or), the organization that sent the package.

The gold traders, who actually own the domain gold.fr, have rewarded the young Breton man with a gold ingot, for him to keep this time.

How much it's worth hasn’t been disclosed.

Julien is still waiting for his wife’s swimsuit, which “she needs for our trip to Vietnam in March”.

 

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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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