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The capital's own version of the Eiffel Tower, 120 metres high and visible from outside London, has been chosen as the monument to mark and tower over the 2012 Olympic Games.

'Mind boggling' artwork that will tower over London

Plans for what will become Britain's largest piece of public art were today unveiled by Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

Tales of a riverbank revolution

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Parisian beds with a view

Hôtel Parc Saint-Séverin

You don’t need the deepest of pockets to enjoy sky-scraping views of Paris. At the Hôtel Parc Saint-Séverin, an atmospsheric Latin Quarter location is paired with a reasonable price. If you book the terrace room, you can tuck in to breakfast out on a private balcony overlooking Saint-Séverin St Severin church church, one of the city’s iconic buildings.

Hotel Parc Saint-Séverin, 22 rue de La Parcheminerie, 75005 Paris (00 33 1 43 543 217; paris-hotel-parcsaintseverin.com ). Doubles from €167, breakfast €14 per person; if you book a non-refundable room online in advance, rates fall to as little as €114.

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American wrestling is all bells and whistles, in huge stadiums full of scary-looking rednecks

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Fancy a pissoir? Relics of Paris streets – from urinals to the Eiffel Tower steps – go on sale

An auction of historical oddities has prompted a flood of nostalgia among Parisians and foreigners alike. John Lichfield reports

Rise of Sarkozy Junior whips up nepotism storm for 'Papa'

Thousands sign petition against Jean Sarkozy's promotion as both opposition and President's allies cry foul

Ready to Wear: A mid-heel is very much in evidence for the forthcoming season

Paris in the rain. Not that the inclement weather did much to dampen the fashion followers' penchant for wearing elaborate and ever more vertiginous footwear. That's the kind that looks like strangely futuristic vehicles as opposed to anything as pragmatic as a humble shoe, and that is guaranteed to attract strange glances on the school run.

Forever Nude, By Guy Goffette

If you can overlook the dodgy title, this diverting novelette proves a nostalgia-filled introduction to the work of French artist, Pierre Bonnard. Related in brief, impressionistic chapters, Guy Goffette, a Belgian poet, re-imagines the life of a painter now best known for his dreamy depictions of women at their toilette.

48 hours in: Belle Epoque, Paris

Discover the decorous architecture, fine food and Bohemian spirit of the French capital's 'beautiful era' this spring.

Simon Calder: We'll always have Paris – but can we afford it?

A nation with a £175bn black hole in its finances is surely a country worth abandoning. Never mind the Chancellor's bid to dampen our ardour for overseas travel by increasing Air Passenger Duty (which, handily, Mr Darling can also collect from foreigners, who have no votes).

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