World Cup fever starts here as a host of stars from the worlds of fashion, film and sport gather for a bash at the Cafe de Paris (right) on 27 April. The party marks the climax of Allons en France, an essay-writing competition organised by the French Embassy in conjunction with Fifa. The presentation of awards will be followed by a cocktail reception with Juliette Binoche and Frank Leboeuf (below right) as the guests of honour.

Other celebrities, no doubt intent on having a ball, include Beatrice Dalle, Liam Neeson and David Ginola.

We have a pair of tickets to give away to one London Eye reader. To enter, send your name, address and daytime phone number to: French Embassy Party, Asquith Communications, No 1 Bear St, London WC2 by 17 April.