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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.
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.
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.
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.
Blair buys a portrait depicting her as a 12-century courtier
The French staked their claim on the Dordogne in the Hundred Years War. Now the British are taking back the land, farmhouse by farmhouse
It isn't on the map, no one knows what to call it, and it could vanish at any moment. John Lichfield visits L'île Mystérieuse
Armed with a riding hat, Michael Kallenbach meanders through the rolling French countryside
To get the full flavour of Aquitaine, explore the region’s vineyards – a chance to see the sites and pick up a few bottles along the way
Head for the hills and the beauty of Aquitaine’s landscape will soon reveal itself
* Connections between the UK and Aquitaine have never been better. The main air hub is Bordeaux’s Mérignac airport (00 33 5 56 34 50 50; bordeaux.aeroport.fr ), 10km west of the city centre; the JetBus departs every 45 minutes for the city centre. Bordeaux is served by easyJet (0905 821 0905; easyjet.com ) from Gatwick, Luton, Liverpool and Bristol; British Airways (0844 493 0787; ba.com ) from Gatwick; Bmibaby (09111 545454; bmibaby.com) from Manchester; Flybe (0871 700 2000; flybe.com ) from Southampton and Birmingham; and Ryanair (0871 246 0000; ryanair.com ) from Edinburgh.
Aquitaine’s aquatic options include canoeing, canal boats and lily gardens
Cocaine-stained cash was commission from football deals, says arrested driver
Weird World of Sport: Iraqi bakers started the practice of throwing the boiling hot bread from person to person
For many, the weak pound, rising costs and a scarcity of work have soured the dream of a better life in Europe
Gloucester 23 Biarritz 8: Gloucester coach says win over Basques is 'best performance of season so far'