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The bitterly contested bill to criminalise prostitutes’ clients is heading for legislative limbo

Paris by night: Supporters say the law will help foreign sex workers to denounce the traffickers

France introduces fines for buying sex

A new law that will punish prostitutes’ clients goes before parliament this week, and is dividing feminists

Roger Vivier: In the footsteps of greatness

Roger Vivier shod everyone from the Queen to Catherine Deneuve. Now his signature comma-shaped heel is being given a new lease of life

Virgule Tartan, £485, exclusive to Selfridges

Roger Vivier: In the footsteps of greatness

Roger Vivier’s signature comma-shaped heel is being given a new lease of life, says Rebecca Gonsalves

The French journalist Anne Sophie Lapix typifies the ideal of the French woman

Are French women perfect? The myths of foreign beauty...

Newspaper decides to get to the bottom of the French feminine mystique

The latest of the Asterix films,starring Gérard Depardieu, left, could be destroyed in the dispute

Asterix and the big fight to save 36 French films

An unwelcome silence threatens the next film of the French actor, Jean Dujardin, whose silent movie, The Artist, is wowing audiences around the globe.

Lost and found: A dense web of stories in Mysteries of Lisbon starts with a foundling boy

Mysteries of Lisbon, Raul Ruiz, 266 mins (PG)

Raul Ruiz, who died this year, has left us with a surreal four-hour story, set in 19th-century Portugal, that reclaims cinema as the language of dream

Raoul Ruiz

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Ludivine Sagnier: 'Actors - they're like dogs'

She has been dubbed 'the new Bardot', but one thing's for certain – Ludivine Sagnier is a consummate shape-shifter. John Walsh meets the actress in Paris

The Big Picture (15)

Starring: Romain Duris, Marina Foïs, Catherine Deneuve

Potiche, François Ozon, 102 mins (15)

Deneuve is reunited with Depardieu in a deliciously retro boardroom farce

Potiche (15)

Starring: Gérard Depardieu, Catherine Deneuve

Mammuth, Benoît Delépine, Gustave Kervern, 92 mins (PG)

A meat-processing worker mounts his bike in search of his pension; but the real story is that, although Gérard Depardieu has become porky, his career is still in good shape

Bel Epoque: Cannes holds its breath for return of Belmondo

One of cinema's legends, the French New Wave's irresistible rogue and embodiment of cool, is back. Geoffrey Macnab reports

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Gielgud, London <br/> The Knot of the Heart, Almeida, London <br/> The Holy Rosenbergs, NT Cottesloe, London

C'est l'amour &ndash; all that joie de vivre and yet it ends with a Gallic shrug

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Gielgud Theatre, London

Camp? Well, let's put it this way. Kneehigh's stage adaptation of Jacques Demy's Gallic, unashamedly romantic and singularly through-sung 1964 movie musical was only half way through its cod introduction when I was assailed by a sudden Proustian memory. It was of an edition of Just a Minute in which Kenneth Williams was given, as his subject, the phrase "Honi soit qui mal y pense". "Translated into yer actual English," the great man averred, "that means 'Honest sweat killed many a ponce'."

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Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

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Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

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Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

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War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

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Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable