A giant panda has given birth to twin cubs – the first ever to be born in France. But joy for Huan Huan was mixed with sadness as one of the pair died shortly afterwards. Chinese birthing specialists were at hand at Beauval Zoo, southwest of Paris, for the birth on Friday night. Huan Huan is on loan there from China. But despite the expertise of veterinary staff, nothing could be done to save the first born.

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