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French police have identified the man arrested for shooting a newspaper assistant photographer and carrying out three other attacks.

Tour de France: Cavendish fails to go green despite glorious final day sprint

A magnificent sprint win for Mark Cavendish on the Champs-Elysées was not quite enough to earn the Manxman victory in the sprinters' green jersey competition, but yesterday's 15th stage win of his career in the Tour de France was still a dream ending to this year's race for the Briton. Cavendish sped across the finish line in Paris with a good 20 metres of daylight between himself and his nearest rival, Alessandro Petacchi of Italy, and New Zealander Julian Dean.

Sport on TV: Heck of a wreck for Schleck as his Tour chances hit the deck

It seems the French are finding the Tour de France (ITV4 and British Eurosport) somewhat of a turn-off these days; 72 per cent of them under the age of 35 now claim to have no interest.

Cycling: Contador poised to win third tour

A sensational Tour de France is set to conclude in Alberto Contador's favour in Paris tomorrow, but the Spaniard's third victory in four years is likely to be a tainted one in many people's eyes.

John Lichfield: Holidaying en masse: What France can teach us about the Big Society

The French love to do their own thing so long as everyone else is doing roughly the same. They love to break rules, but they expectthe state to clean up the mess

Just as it seemed things couldn't get any worse for French football...

...two internationals are charged over claims they had sex with underage prostitute

Swede shop: How do H&M stay on top?

High-street fashion used to be simple: stores sold fast trends at low prices. Then shoppers got wise to fair trade. The recession hit. So how does a billion-pound brand stay one elegant step ahead?

After 65 years, France finally honours its colonial soldiers

After years of broken, or half-kept, promises, France is to give full military pensions to all surviving colonial soldiers who fought for French freedom during the Second World War.

Cycling: Cavendish targets green jersey

On 10 occasions in his four-year career, Mark Cavendish has celebrated a Tour de France stage win.

French shed no tears for humiliation of 'les imposteurs'

Rarely can a country have greeted its own national team's humiliation in the World Cup with such grim satisfaction.

Why France can't face its new national hero

Franck Ribéry is the focus of his country's World Cup hopes. But that doesn't make him universally popular as John Lichfield reports from Boulogne

Murray survives showers to see off Chela challenge

Winning matches on clay can often take time, but this was something else. Nearly 25 hours after he walked on court to face Argentina's Juan Ignacio Chela here at the French Open, Andy Murray last night completed a 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, 6-2 victory to take his place in the third round.

Ravaged cities of Russia get Koolhaas cure

Moscow has a reputation as a chaotic, ugly city where anything goes when it comes to construction. In recent times, architectural and aesthetic values have taken a back seat to business interests.

Parc de triomphe: country life comes to Paris

The Champs-Elysées – or Elysian Fields – rediscovered their roots yesterday in a colourful jumble of crops, fruit, vegetables, flowers and farm animals. Nearly 2km of the cobbles of the beautiful Parisian avenue have been covered by 8,000 small fields of imported soil, or giant containers, planted with wheat, beans, vines, mustard, bananas, pineapples and a hundred other species of cereals, fruit and vegetables.

Paris goes green

The trees that line the Champs-Elysees normally stand in glorious isolation against a landscape of cobblestones and cars. But this weekend, Parisians who frequent the city's most famous street will find them restored to their natural habitat - as an explosion of greenery takes over the promenade to turn it into a giant garden.

A nouvelle approach to Paris: John Walsh gets a fresh view of the city

Introducing two teenagers to Paris means queuing for the Louvre is out and vintage shops are in
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