News Brittany Mathis is unable to pay for medical treatment for her brain tumour

A Texas restaurant owner is selling his business so one of his waitresses can afford surgery on her brain tumour.

Fears rise over French 'killer seaweed' that left 15 wild boar dead

Studies have concluded that the seaweed, although present naturally, has been increased by nitrogen flowing into estuaries from intensive pig farms

Breton's seaweed festival - in pictures

Over the weekend locals took part in the annual seaweed festival or Fete du Goemon in western Brittany, France.



Tour de France: Triumph in Evans' reach after years as nearly man

The Australian veteran looks set to win today after a superb performance in the final time trial but will be hoping history does repeat itself, writes Alasdair Fotheringham in Grenoble

Traveller's Guide: Family Brittany

With a stunning coastline, plus great camping and cycling options, the north-west of France is perfect for all ages, says <b>Jane Anderson</b>

Béatrice Dalle: 'I am naturally quite bashful'

Shoplifting! Nudity! Drugs! Banned from the US! A boyfriend who punched a monkey on TV! A husband she met while he was in prison... Just how 'bashful' are you, B&#233;atrice? Robert Chalmers meets the divine Ms Dalle

Cycling: Cadel Evans beats Alberto Contador in dramatic Tour de France finish

Alberto Contador was beaten to victory by Cadel Evans in a dramatic finish to the fourth stage of the Tour de France in Brittany.

Inside travel: Ferries

Forget airport stress &ndash; this summer, ferry services offer a range of options for the foot passenger, says <b>Simon Calder</b>

Rennes keeper Douchez to join PSG

Stade Rennes goalkeeper Nicolas Douchez is joining Paris St Germain on a three-year deal, the Brittany club said on Tuesday.

New Spain ferry route opens

A new UK to Spain ferry route will open this weekend.

My Secret Life: Alberto Alessi, businessman and designer, 65

My parents were ... My father was Carlo, a designer and entrepreneur, and the second generation in the family to enter the business. In the Forties he designed the Bombé Tea and Coffee set, which is still in production and is one of our most successful items. My mum is Germana, a housewife and very good cook. Her family name is Bialetti – who are the most important Italian producers of coffee machines.

Tips and deals of the week: 27/02/2011

The operator

New online agency Escape2Holidays offers more than 70 destinations as tailor-made or escorted tours and packages.

Go to escape2holidays.co.uk

Brittany: A Celtic corner of France

At first sight, Brittany could pass for Dorset. But look a little harder and you'll soon discover it's quite a unique destination, says Cole Moreton

Off with the head of the Tower of London after Beefeater row

Life inside the Tower of London had improved across the centuries, Major-General Keith Cima claimed three years ago, after being appointed Governor of one of London's oldest and most distinctive landmarks.

Good to go: 22/12/2010

Back to Belfast

Charlez ar Gall: Pioneering broadcaster in the Breton language

Because the Breton national movement had been compromised by the collaboration of a few individuals who went over to the Germans during the Second World War, it took a special kind of courage to support any manifestation of the regional identity in the years immediately after the conflict.

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