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Jim French, Flybe's founder and chief executive, was nursing losses of more than £550,000 yesterday as the regional airline's second profit warning in three months sent the shares to a record low.

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Breast implant boss linked to second firm

The French manufacturer of defective breast implants had tried to set up a new factory

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy says Europe needs Britain

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Nicolas Sarkozy launched a personal attack on David Cameron yesterday amid growing signs that last week's agreement struck by the other 26 European Union countries without Britain is already fraying at the edges.

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