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The profession of bodyguard is dangerous, but it is fascinating. The guards live in an enforced intimacy with those whom they are guarding; they see and hear much that is unknown to other mortals. As bodyguard to the French president General Charles de Gaulle for many years, Paul Comiti was an outstanding member of the profession and innumerable journeys with de Gaulle, official visits and walkabouts, assassination attempts and rumours of violence meant that he had a vast experience.

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Heads turn sprint into procession

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next weekend... ...celebrate Bastille Day

We call it Bastille Day. The French just call it "le 14 juillet". It's their equivalent of Independence Day: a time for the revolutionary spirit to come to the fore as France commemorates "the victory of the people over feudal oppression". It's also the perfect excuse to hop over the Channel for a weekend in Paris.

RAF to join Paris Bastille Day display

In a remarkable demonstration that the entente cordiale flourishes at state level despite popular tensions over the beef crisis, Royal Air Force aircraft will participate in the Bastille Day flypast over Paris this year, the first time either British or foreign aircraft have taken part.

France builds hope for future on the bloody lessons of its war- scarred past

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Colic kills Hoh Magic

Hoh Magic, the top-rated two-year-old filly in the European Classifications of 1994, has died from a colic-related illness. The daughter of Cadeaux Genereux, trained throughout her career by Michael Bell, had only recently been retired to the paddocks.

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French security alert

Paris - The French Prime Minister, Alain Juppe, ordered security to be tightened across the country after an unexploded bomb was found on the high-speed railway line north of Lyons on Saturday, writes Mary Dejevsky. He refused to confirm the bomb was of the same type as the two which exploded in Paris, but a report attributed to well-informed sources said that it consisted of a gas cylinder, explosives, nails and bolts, similar to the bomb near the Arc de Triomphe on 17 August.
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