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The Big Six: from outdoor Jacuzzis and inky interiors to views of the Eiffel Tower

Watson's French foray lacking in entente cordiale

After missing the cut at the French Open yesterday, Bubba Watson said he wanted to leave the country "as quickly as possible".

Tomorrow Pamplona, By Jan van Mersbergen, trans. Laura Watkinson

Danny is a professional boxer. He is fleeing Holland, where the rage he still feels led him to an unspecified violent act. Robert is driving to Pamplona. For years he has taken a week off from his family and nine-to-five job to run before the bulls in the festival. Robert picks Danny up and they drive together across France.

Travel challenge: Romantic Paris

Every week competing companies give us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a romantic weekend for two in Paris. Prices are per person, based on a Friday 11 February departure.

Eiffel Tower closed by workers' strike

The Eiffel Tower was closed to visitors yesterday after workers at Paris's most-visited tourist site began an open-ended strike to protest against bullying management techniques, according to union leaders.

Sarkozy a 'thin-skinned authoritarian'

US embassy cables have detailed how French President Nicolas Sarkozy's staff and ministers fear their leader's temper, and were concerned about the impact of his personal life on his presidency.

Stephen Dorff - A wilted talent finds somewhere to bloom

His role in Sofia Coppola's new film is the best part Stephen Dorff's ever had. It could be career-changing, he tells Gill Pringle

Man held over Paris bomb threats

A 26-year-old man has been arrested in connection with several bomb threats in Paris, including one at a central railway station, French police said today.

Segway tycoon dies in cliff fall while riding scooter

The Segway was hailed before its launch as a green transport solution of the future. One such believer in the emission-free scooter-cum-skateboard was a former Yorkshire miner turned multimillionaire philanthropist called Jimi Heselden, who last year bought the American firm which invented the self-righting two-wheeler. But in what appears to have been a freak accident, Mr Heselden has been found dead after apparently plunging 30ft over the side of a cliff while riding one of the machines he hoped would revolutionise the way we travel.

Thousands evacuated in Eiffel Tower bomb alert

More than 2,000 tourists were cleared from the Eiffel Tower and surrounding areas last night after a series of bomb threats. One of the French capital's largest metro interchanges, at Saint-Michel near Notre Dame cathedral, was also cleared after a warning call to authorities.

Leading article: A monumental debate

There has been a trend towards gigantism in public sculpture in recent years. Antony Gormley's 20m Angel of the North in Gateshead kicked it off in 1998. Then, in 2005, came Manchester's 40m B of the Bang, followed in 2008 by Nottingham University's 60m Aspire tower. Anish Kapoor's 50m long Temenos was unveiled in Middlesbrough's docks earlier this year. But that is only the beginning. Mark Wallinger's 50m Ebbsfleet Horse will soon greet passengers as they emerge from the Channel Tunnel. And Mr Kapoor's 115m Orbit tower is due to open on the Olympic site in east London in 2012.

Clampdown on Paris flypitchers

Illegal Senegalese immigrants accused of selling unauthorised Eiffel Tower souvenirs have been arrested. Police detained 39 people at or near the tower in raids this week, while their Chinese employers were also detained.

The Fitzrovia Radio Hour, The Last Days of Decadence, London

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Cousteau's widow wants explorer's ship preserved for France

The widow of the underwater explorer, Jacques Cousteau, wants the French government to mark the centenary of his birth by helping to refloat his celebrated ship, the Calypso.

£430m of paintings stolen in Paris

A lone thief has stolen five paintings worth a total of £430 million in an overnight raid on a Paris art museum.

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