News Avenue Foch is home to billionaires including the families of dictators

Spectacular proposal brings race to become city's next mayor to life

Travel: 24-Hour Room Service - The Lancaster, 7 Rue De Berri, Champs Elysees, Paris

WHEN YOU ask people to recommend somewhere to stay in Paris, they usually, and wisely, suggest a little place that they know in somewhere like St Germain. Wise, because if you stay there you are in the thick of it, with all the hip shops and restaurants within easy reach.

Tourists pay the price of Paris strikes

WHAT TO do in Paris? The tourist is spoilt for choice: the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Musee d'Orsay. Sadly, for the past three weeks, strikes have closed all but the Eiffel Tower.

Rugby Union: Saint-Andre rekindles Kingsholm's fire

Gloucester 15 Harlequins 13

Rugby Union: Mason back to playing for kicks again

Ulster's revitalised No 15 is in prime form for today's European Cup final against Colomiers in Dublin

Football: Gunners short of firepower

Arsenal 1 West Ham United 0 Overmars 7 Half-time: 1-0 Attendance: 38,098; Overmars pounces to raise the Premiership stakes for Arsenal as Highbury's low-scoring problem persists

Brace yourself, Paris

ALTHOUGH we do sometimes publish articles about Christmas shopping in this travel section, I have to confess that going on holiday to shop always struck me as a contradiction in terms. Was not shopping after all a particularly painful form of work, and were not holidays supposed to mean an absence of work?

Obituary: Gp Capt Ken Gatward

KEN GATWARD flew one of the most audacious and daring raids of the Second World War. Informed by the SOE in the Spring of 1942 that the Germans paraded down the Champs-Elysees every day between 12.l5 and 12.45, the Commander-in-Chief of Coastal Command, Air Chief Marshal Sir Philip de la Ferte Joubert, called in Flt Lt Gatward and asked him if he would volunteer for an "unsafe" mission.

Travel: The city with a heart of glass

With its Art Nouveau tradition and grand Baroque squares, Nancy is one of France's best-kept secrets.

French likely to appeal in Shayler case

THE FRENCH government is deeply alarmed by the decision of a Paris court to free the renegade MI5 agent David Shayler and will almost certainly appeal to the highest court in the land.

Obituary: Abdoulaye Ndiaye

IN FRANCE, as in Britain, the 80th anniversary of the Armistice of 11 November 1918 was celebrated with a particular emotion.

Paris tries to revive the cream of cafe society

NEW STRATEGIES are being employed to entice Parisians back into the city's cafes. A 1995 study revealing the closure of 6,000 cafes every year due to lack of clientele has resulted in the opening of a chain of discount cafes, "Ah, ca ira" (That'll do nicely) and the promotion of Bistrots en Fete (Bistrot Festival) which seeks to reaffirm the place of the bistrot in French society.

Travel: France - Paris with les enfants

Ah, romantic Paris ... but this time with children. Don't panic, Margaret St John provides an essential guide, from fun trips to kids' cuisine

Racing: Arc de Triomphe: A monster runs away with the Arc riches

Europe's richest horse-race should also be the most competitive, but Peintre Celebre produced such a devastating burst of speed to win yesterday's running of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in record time that thoroughbreds which had previously been regarded as top class were left behind like flotsam. Richard Edmondson reports from Longchamp.

Peslier loses ride on Arc winner

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Want to change the world? Just sign here

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Hard to swallow

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Which animals are nearly extinct?

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Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

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Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

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British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

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Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

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Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

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