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Obituary: Pierre Comiti

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.

From empire's great gateway to the world's greatest laundry

The Gateway of India

France confronts a blockage in the Pompidou pipe dream

After 20 years and millions of visitors, one of Europe's most popular and innovative buildings is to close for renovation. By Mary Dejevsky in Paris

French heroes from wrong side of tracks

With a national record of 32 Olympic medals to their name - so far - you would have thought that the French would be dancing around the Arc de Triomphe, or at least cracking open a bottle or two of champagne in the Bois de Boulogne.

A Head for the heights

Sue Montgomery applauds the special healing powers of an unrivalled horseman

Heads turn sprint into procession

Richard Edmondson reports from Newmarket on a French triumph

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

This weekend sees the 80th anniversary of the battle of Verdun, writes Mary Dejevsky

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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Nastase comes clean with some elbow grease

BUCHAREST DAYS; 'Everyone complains that the city doesn't do a thing, but you have to do a bit yourself'

Chirac steps up border security to fight terror


4 hurt as Paris bomb misfires


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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