16 Jan '12, 1am

'VIP' pandas from China arrive in Paris for new life in a country zoo

PARIS (AFP) - Two Chinese pandas got a red-carpet welcome on Sunday when they arrived in Paris for a new life in a country zoo after Beijing put aside its differences with France and extended the hand of bear diplomacy. The giant black and white bears - dubbed Very Important Pandas by the French media - arrived at Charles de Gaulle airport from Sichuan province in the 'Panda Express', a Boeing 777 specially decorated with a panda motif. China's ambassador to Paris, a French member of parliament and zoo staff were on hand to greet them before the pair were whisked off in a truck with a police escort to their new home among the chateaux of the Loire valley. Huan Huan (Happy) and Yuan Zi (Chubby) are the first pandas sent to France since 1973, when Yen Yen - who lived till 2000 - was given to then president Georges Pompidou along with another panda, which died shortly after a...

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