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

Eurostar enjoys passengers boom

Channel Tunnel high-speed rail company Eurostar carried an increased number of passengers in the first part of this year, it was announced today.

The Hedonist: Brussels

What to see and where to be seen

A tale of two cities: In search of lost time

If you’re after history, La Rochelle has it all, but for enlightenment, think Poitiers, says Simon Calder

Follow the film stars to the King's retreat

France: Edward VIII, Wallis Simpson, and their glitzy guests live on in Landmark Trust's first venture over the Channel. Ian White reports

Cults, Lexington, London

There's been a huge buzz around New York duo Cults, and they're something of a mystery. Singer Madeline Follin and her guitar and keyboard-playing boyfriend, Brian Oblivion, set up their Myspace just a few months ago, with no songs, and no pictures. All we had were a couple of tunes on the website – and what infectious, lo-fi, 1960s girl-pop-inspired tunes they were.

Eurotunnel fire sparks ultimate insurance fight

When a fire closed the Channel Tunnel in September 2008, the struggling operator Eurotunnel no doubt consoled itself with one thought: its insurers would pay up. More than two years and a half years later, however, Eurotunnel remains embroiled in a legal battle with the train operators that use its infrastructure between Britain and the Continent.

Hamish McRae: Asia's latest growth spurt highlights the gulf between the 'old' world and the 'new'

Economic Life: If you want to get a feel for the changing relationship between the two worlds, look at the photos from President Hu Jintao's visit to the US

Eurostar narrows losses ahead of Deutsche Bahn competition

Rail operator boosts passengers but sees German rivalry from 2013 as a 'significant risk'

Rufus to reign at the Royal Opera House

Rufus Wainwright is to become the first pop artist to take upresidency at the Royal Opera House in London.

Skiing in France: Invaders of the lost Arc

Quiet slopes and cosy village life... Matt Carroll is sold on Bonneval

Mary Dejevsky: Let the old care for the elderly

Notebook

Strike in Belgium hits Eurostar service

Just one Eurostar service is running between the UK and Brussels today due to industrial action in Belgium.

Strike halts Eurostar trains to Brussels

Almost all the Eurostar services between the UK and Brussels scheduled to run today have been cancelled as a result of planned industrial action in Belgium.

Belgian strike cripples Eurostar service

Almost all the Eurostar services between the UK and Brussels scheduled to run tomorrow have been cancelled because of industrial action in Belgium.

Eurostar to buy German trains as it gears up for expansion

Eurostar international is ordering 10 new high-speed trains for the Channel Tunnel rail link from the German industrial giant Siemens, in the teeth of pressure from the French government to buy from France's Alstom.

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