EU 26 fight to stop pact unravelling

Several non-eurozone nations having doubts about 'fiscal compact', while Sarkozy inflames divisions with attack on 'kid' Cameron

French President Nicolas Sarkozy says Europe needs Britain

Europe needs Britain, says Sarkozy

The French President Nicolas Sarkozy has said that Europe "needs Britain" and a British departure from the European Union was "not on the agenda". Trying to heal some of the wounds created by the "Britain vs the Rest" split over the new eurozone fiscal pact last week, Mr Sarkozy added that he wanted to press ahead with "strong co-operation" between France and Britain on defence and nuclear energy policy.

Sport on TV: Still no one will take the hit for McClellan's plight

Boxing will always be a sport apart. After the super-middleweight title fight between Britain's Nigel Benn and Nigel McClellan in London in 1995, which left the American with severe disabilities, Parliament debated a motion to ban the fight game.

Outside Edge: No parental control on touchy lines

Not another fight between the dads at an Under-9s football match?

Debt auction relief

Successful debt auctions in France and Spain brought some respite to European bond markets. Spain paid 5.19 to 5.54 per cent to sell bonds maturing in four to six years.

Harinordoquy's father came on to the pitch during the Basque derby

Harinordoquy's dad joins son on pitch to fight opposition

Imanol Harinordoquy, the exceptional No 8 who did more than anyone to drive France towards October's World Cup final in Auckland, may be the proudest Basque ever to play international rugby – a pride that has been known to manifest itself in a fierce dislike of the opposition, even if they happen to be Basques themselves. Anyone wondering where he gets it from has no need to wonder further. Blame the parents – or at least, M Harinordoquy Snr.

Harinordoquy's father came on to the pitch during the Basque derby

Iamanol Harinordoquy's father joins son in brawl during match

Tuesday’s Basque derby was always going to be a spiky affair – Biarritz, bottom of the table and without a home win in the league this season, against the star-studded ensemble put together on the chequebook of France’s Mr Specsavers, Alain Afflelou.

She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth, By Helen Castor

Damsels who definitely didn't need rescuing

No Derby date for Dordogne

The Derby market, in the absence of 2,000 Guineas winner Frankel, is waiting for a seminal performance to emerge from the current round of Classic eliminators to capture the imagination anew. There may be one at Leopardstown this afternoon, or at York later in the week, but events at Lingfield yesterday will definitely not impact on next month's Blue Riband; neither Dordogne nor Hurricane Higgins, the first two home in the Surrey track's trial, is entered at Epsom.

Jay Landesman: Writer, editor and publisher who championed the Beats and graced London’s bohemian set

Jay Landesman, who described himself as "a cultural pioneer", was one of the key literary figures of the Beat era which blossomed in the late 1940s, and for several years he published and edited a magazine he founded Neurotica, a quarterly journal that flourished between 1948 and 1952. His experiences dealing with writers and poets of the era inspired an unpublished novel, The Nervous Set, which became the first (and only) Broadway musical about beatniks.

Book Of A Lifetime: A Place of Greater Safety, By Hilary Mantel

The biggest fight I've ever had with my mum was over this book. It was the summer I turned 17, and my family were spending a fortnight in the Dordogne. I remember very little about that holiday. I have to phone my mum to ask the name of the nearest big town (Bergerac) and my sister to check other details, like the names of the boys we befriended (Jon and David).

Biarritz home and dry with Balshaw double

Biarritz 26 Bath 19: Bath old boy helps Basques top pool and book favourable last-eight draw

Letters: Housing benefit reform and landlords

Landlords must accept reality

It's hardly surprising that landlords would lobby so hard in relation to the proposed cap on housing benefit ("Landlords claim housing benefit sums are 'fiddled' ", 3 November). Many have benefited enormously from a flawed system which has undoubtedly driven up rents.

Rich and ruthless: how Cherie sees herself?

Blair buys a portrait depicting her as a 12-century courtier

The Dordogne: These may not be Englishmen's castles, but it feels like home

The French staked their claim on the Dordogne in the Hundred Years War. Now the British are taking back the land, farmhouse by farmhouse
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