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 troubles baffle the rail experts

After 15 years of comparatively trouble-free operations, high-speed train company Eurostar is now facing huge challenges.

Thousands stranded in Eurostar chaos

Nightmare journey through Channel Tunnel for 2,000 rail passengers, trapped without light, heat, food, water – or information

Thousands spend night trapped in Channel Tunnel

Passengers arrived back in Britain today after spending the night trapped in the Channel Tunnel as wintry weather brought chaos to the Christmas get-away.

Eurostar services 'normal' as drivers strike

Eurostar train drivers went ahead with a pay strike today, but services were affected more by snow than the industrial action, according to the company.

Eurostar managers call off strike

Eurostar train managers today called off a planned 48-hour strike after accepting a new offer in a row over expenses.

Last-chance talks to avert Eurostar strike

Talks will be held today in a bid to avert a 48-hour strike by drivers and on-board staff on Eurostar trains.

Travel By Numbers: Christmas markets

Ben Ross calculates the appeal of traditional festive shopping in Europe

Eurostar loses UK directors in shake-up

Eurostar is set to lose two key British non-executive directors with nearly 30 years' combined experience at the cross-channel train operator as part of a management shake-up.

Eurostar passenger numbers jump 8%

Channel Tunnel train firm Eurostar's passenger numbers rose this summer as more UK holidaymakers escaped to the Continent on cheap getaways.

Sun forecast to shine on Stars' Arc challenge

Derby winner likely to enjoy favoured dry surface at Longchamp

Eurostar cleaners to strike

Workers who clean Eurostar trains are to stage a series of fresh strikes in a row over jobs and the introduction of staff fingerprinting, it was announced today.

Eurostar passengers stranded in darkness for two hours

Eurostar passengers spent several hours waiting in darkness after two trains were left stranded by a power cut to overhead lines.

Bank crisis causes dip in Eurostar business travel

Cross-channel trains suffer corporate downturn alongside airline rivals
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