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First person: 'I cycled round the world in record time'

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John Lichfield: French foes bury the handbag

Paris Notebook: This was like King Kong agreeing to have a quiet meal with Godzilla

Ivanovic and friends paint the town pink after first flush of Grand Slam triumph

Like in any major city, the Parisian police are prepared for most eventualities late on a Saturday night. It can be safely assumed, however, that they experienced a first in the small hours of yesterday morning when they stopped four men attired in salmon-pink dresses under the Arc de Triomphe. Among the witnesses to the incident was Ana Ivanovic, who had been celebrating her first Grand Slam in a nearby restaurant.

Kitchen staff stage sit-in at Champs-Elysées bistro

Thirty illegal kitchen workers were occupying a restaurant amid tense scenes in the heart of tourist Paris yesterday.

<I>Thrifty Living: We'll always have Paris &ndash; if we can do it on the cheap</I>

Half-term in paris, and even though it would be easy to let the financial reins loose somewhat, the whole point of changing a modus vivendi is that you must keep going, no matter where you are and even if you're using foreign money which, as we know, is like operating in a Monopoly world.

Scot breaks record for circumnavigating the globe on a bike

He encountered floods, road rage and even a careless motorist dodging a red light. His wallet and camera were stolen during a fight at a hostel. And he lost a stone while sweating his way through 18,000 miles and 20 countries with dramatically varying climates.

O'Sullivan dismisses critics as Irish battle the odds

Ireland's players, if they crane their necks in the right direction, can see the Arc de Triomphe from their Paris city-centre hotel. Should they be in search of an analogy to unsettle the French today, they may reflect that construction of the arch was abandoned for a quarter of a century when there was trouble with the foundations. France began their post-World Cup restoration by establishing what looked to be a solid structure when they won in Scotland last Sunday, but both Les Bleus and the Irish, who edged past Italy, have made changes to winning teams in the meantime.

Leading Turkish writer faces jail after incurring wrath of military

A Turkishnewspaper columnist will confront the might of the state in a case which exposes the refusal of the Turkish establishment to accept European human rights laws.

MY LIFE IN TRAVEL: Matt Roberts

`Holidays are chill-out time for me but I still keep busy'

Belle star

Francoise Hardy was the queen of Sixties French chic, with fans including Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger and David Bowie. In a rare interview, she looks back with James McNair

Chirac assassination bid foiled

Neo-Nazi overpowered by sightseers after firing shot from hunting rifle during Bastille Day celebration

MILLENNIUM CORNER: 24 DAYS TO GO

PARIS IS torn between the safe and the spectacular in the face of plans to plunge the Champs Elysees into darkness to heighten the sensation when its millennial New Year lights are switched on.

The Streets That Made The Century: 19: Champs Elysees

The Independent Traveller is counting down to the end of the year by featuring the 20 greatest streets of the 20th century. Today, the most celebrated thoroughfare in Paris.

Monitor: All the News of the World - The French and the US press comment on the American victory in the Tour de France

THERE WAS a handful of names of possible winners of the Tour de France before the set off from Puy-du-Foy three weeks ago. But once the course was under way, Armstrong didn't hesitate to enlighten the indecisive. Today the tour is a tour of transition "Those who think that nothing has changed are wrong, those who think that everything has changed are wrong too," said the sports minister, Marie-George Buffet. Doping has receded, certainly, but average speed has increased! (Lionel Chami)
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