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Empress Eugénie's influence on fashion came very much from her far from ordinary  life, says Alexander Fury

Clerc's try helps France deal Irish second defeat

France 19 Ireland 12

The Premier holiday life

Last week David Cameron jetted out to Tuscany for his family holiday. But where have other Prime Ministers spent their summer vacations? Samuel Muston takes a look back

Ask the traveller: San Sebastian

Caprice joins French club Biarritz

England sevens player Dan Caprice has agreed a two-year contract with French club Biarritz.

American amateurs out to make a point against the Saxons

The Saracens prop Matt Stevens has every chance of moving onwards and upwards, the Gloucester captain Luke Narraway and his Bath-bound former colleague Dave Attwood remain semi-optimistic, and there are a couple of others – the Harlequins full-back Mike Brown, for instance – who are clinging to the driftwood of their hopes and dreams, but for the vast majority of the England Saxons, who open their Churchill Cup campaign against the United States in Northampton this evening, the here and now is all that matters.

Sebastien Chabal axed from France World Cup squad

Sebastien Chabal was left out of France's provisional World Cup squad for sporting rather than political reasons, according to national team boss Marc Lievremont.

Wales quiet on Edwards' absence

France 28 Wales 9

France make five changes after Italy defeat

France coach Marc Lievremont has made five changes for Saturday's RBS 6 Nations finale against Wales in Paris.

England pack complete rite of passage to keep Slam hopes alive

England 17 France 9: Johnson dismisses 'ridiculous' talk after side overcome tough French challenge

England Grand Slam hopes get boost against France

England 17 France 9

Yachvili will throttle us if we cough up the ball, warns Tindall

Morgan Parra, the dinky little goal-kicking scrum-half from Clermont Auvergne, was one of the stand-out players in last season's Six Nations and has looked pretty damned good in this year's, too. So why have the French decided to drop him in favour of Dimitri Yachvili, the dinky little goal-kicking scrum-half from Biarritz? Mike Tindall, for one, smells a rat.

France begin to feel pinch with arrival of foreign legions

As the queue of players grasping at the mega-Euros on offer in France's Top 14 Championship grows ever longer, so Marc Lièvremont, the head coach of Les Blues, is becoming more exasperated. "I am delighted that players like Jonny Wilkinson are playing in France but as a selector it is a problem," he said. "You go to a league match and the teams you are watching have so many foreign players."

Trinh-Duc's flair burns bright in the city of lights

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