Life and Style Fatale attraction: Brigitte Bardot in her youth

As yet another book lauds women across the Channel, Gillian Orr looks at the truth behind Madame Parfaite: extreme dieting and fear of a pressured, fattist society

Theresa May ordered that the UK Border Force be separated from the UK Border Agency (UKBA)

Border Agency to be split following damning report

The UK Border Agency is to be stripped of its enforcement powers after an investigation uncovered a catalogue of failures that allowed hundreds of thousands of people into the country without adequate checks.

Meir, Antwerp's main shopping street

Straight to the heart of Flanders fashion

Slice Of The City: Antwerp - Back in 1988, a group of young designers took London by storm. William Cook picks up the trail of the Antwerp Six

Stratford City, the new Westfield shopping centre, is one of the many attractions of a revamped east London

How to claim a share of the Olympic legacy

Buying a home built for the games may pay off, but be prepared to go the distance

8 per cent pay deal ends Eurostar strike

A dispute involving workers who clean Eurostar trains ended today when their union announced a pay deal which will see staff earning a minimum rate of £8 an hour by the autumn.

Eurostar cleaners vote for strike

Workers who clean Eurostar trains and stations on the UK side of the route have voted to go on strike in a row over pay.

Eurostar hit by Belgian strike

Christmas travellers will have their getaway plans disrupted by a strike in Belgium on Thursday.

Power delays Eurostar services

High-speed Eurostar train services through the Channel Tunnel were severely disrupted today due to an electrical power supply problem near London.

Tips and deals of the week: 28/08/2011

The App

Eurostar's new mobile app (free; Android / iPhone) allows passengers to book journeys on the go, and receive tickets direct to their phones.

Go to eurostar.com

On The Road: Love on the tracks that gets stronger with the years

As with many love affairs, it started in Paris, under the frescoed ceilings of the Gare de Lyon nearly a decade ago. French air traffic controllers had grounded my transport south, necessitating a run to the sun by rail.

American travellers boost Eurostar sales

A surge of American travellers using the Eurostar has helped push the train operator’s revenues up by 12 per cent in the first half of this year.

Eurostar announce increase in passenger numbers

A big rise in American travellers helped Channel Tunnel high-speed train company Eurostar to increase passenger numbers in the first half of this year, it was announced today.

At St Pancras, struggling bands find platform to promote their music

The Guillemots are in mid-song flow when the announcement that the 7:02pm Eurostar to Paris is boarding somewhat thins their audience. But that's one of the hazards for bands who are bringing "rush-hour rock" to harassed commuters at one of Europe's busiest train platforms.

Destination of the week: Paris Gare du Nord

Train beats plane for most journeys to the French capital. Eurostar’s terminus in Paris, besides being the busiest station in Continental Europe, is also a “destination station” in its own right, like St Pancras in London. Building work on the present structure of la gare began 150 years ago this summer.

Holiday weekends boost Eurostar

Channel Tunnel high-speed train company Eurostar today reported a surge in Easter and royal wedding weekend passengers.

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25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

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