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Mons is embracing the future as it prepares for its role as next year’s European Capital of Culture, but it’s also steeped in intriguing history. Philip Sweeney explores its two sides

French forward Franck Ribery (R) speaks with midfielder Samir Nasri at the French national football team training base in Clairefontaine

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri admits he didn't deserve France call-up - and promises to behave from now on

The former Arsenal player lashed out during Euro 2012

Delphine Boël plans to start fresh proceedings against Albert

Belgian king’s ‘daughter’ drops one legal fight, but plans another

British-educated artist, Delphine Boël, drops legal case demanding DNA samples from two of Albert II's acknowledged children

Portfolio: Belgian photographer Eva Vermandel kicks against the modern culture of disposability

'I dislike how photography mostly gets used to describe the tangible," says Eva Vermandel of the Instagrammisation of her medium. "Too often bodies of work can easily be described in one simple sentence. From art, I expect something different: I want it to hit me right in the gut and plant seeds into my brain."

Gerard Depardieu has insisted it was not French tax rates but his globe-trotting soul that brought him a mile over the border to Belgium

I still love France, says Gerard Depardieu as he hosts Belgian housewarming

There was singing, steak and suckling pig at the weekend as the French actor, Gerard Depardieu, threw a house-warming barbecue in his new home town of Néchin, insisting it was not French tax rates but his globe-trotting soul that brought him a mile over the border to Belgium.

Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines in pre-season action for Everton

Transfer news: Manchester United 'preparing' a £35m return offer for Everton pair Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini

United's original offer of £28m was slammed as 'derisory and insulting' by David Moyes' former club

Ricky van Wolfswinkel celevrates scoring Norwich's equaliser

Norwich City 2 Everton 2 match report: Ricky van Wolfswinkel scores on his debut to give Canaries a share of the points after Ross Barkley stunner

Steven Whittaker had put Norwich ahead but goals from Barkley and Seamus Coleman had looked to give Roberto Martinez a winning start before van Wolfswinkel header

Marouane Fellaini of Everton celebrates his goal during

Transfer news: Manchester United to accept defeat over Cesc Fabregas by making £23m offer for Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini

David Moyes looks set to raid his former club for the Belgian international as well as maintaining his interest in defender Leighton Baines

Oscar winner: Spaniard Garcia turned down more lucrative offers because he is 'fascinated' by English football

Oscar Garcia: Even Pep Guardiola had to start somewhere

Brighton's new head coach tells Nick Szczepanik he is ready for big break and, after missile attack, nothing will faze him

Tottenham have boosted their attacking options with the signing of Belgium winger Nacer Chadli

Nacer Chadli wings way to Tottenham after £7m deal is agreed with FC Twente

Tottenham have boosted their attacking options with the signing of Belgium winger Nacer Chadli.

Belgium's new King: Albert II abdicates after 20-year reign to make way for son Philippe

King Philippe becomes the news monarch after his father announced plans to abdicate less than three weeks ago

King Albert II and Queen Paola in Liège yesterday

The Belgian King’s brief? Unite a divided nation

The new Belgian monarch is a former fighter pilot – and he will have a scrap on his hands trying to maintain the unity of this hybrid country

Spain's defender Sergio Ramos (C) raises the trophy as Spain's national football team players celebrate winning the 2010 World Cup football

World Cup and European Championships to remain free-to-air after Uefa and Fifa lose appeals

Football's governing bodies had wanted to be able to sell matches to the highest bidders

Postcard from... Brussels

Chiwetel Ejiofor and Joan Iyiola in A Season in the Congo

Theatre review: A Season in the Congo, Young Vic, London

It's six years since we last saw him on stage giving an award-winning portrayal of Othello at the Donmar Warehouse. Now Chiwetel Ejiofor is back and in magnificent form as Patrice Lumumba, the first democratically elected Prime Minister of the newly independent Congo, in Joe Wright's production of this 1966 play by Aime Cesaire about the fraught political struggles that led to Lumumba's CIA-endorsed assassination after barely seven months of power. 

Postcard from... Brussels

Britain isn’t the only country enjoying a welcome spell of balmy weather at the moment. In Belgium, too, the sun has come out after one of the most miserable springs on record, and people spent the weekend picking up some much-needed rays in gardens, parks and on beaches.

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