News Francois Hollande and his then partner Valerie Trierweiler greet thousands of gathered supporters at Place de la Bastille after victory in French Presidential Elections on May, 2012

In interviews published today, Trierweiler says she “fell from a skyscraper” when she learned that Hollande was having an affair with an actress

15 bedroom detached house for sale in The Bishops Avenue, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London N2. On with Knight Frank for £65,000,000

One in three people spend under 30 minutes choosing a new home

And two thirds of people looking at properties online say they have no intention of buying or selling

Album review: Bruce Springsteen, 'High Hopes' (Columbia)

A few low notes but the Boss has still got it covered

Best of 2014: Books

Arifa Akbar picks this year’s must-read book releases

What a gaul! Asterix, and his side-kick Obelix, encounter Nessie in Asterix and the Picts

Gauls, Picts, and Goths – old friends, new adventures in our second round-up of the best children's books

In the second instalment of our three-part series on Christmas books for children, Daniel Hahn picks the season’s best titles for ages five to 12

Stephen Hawking, internationally-renowned theoretical physicist, has apparently been inspired by Sue Barker and Louie Spence to appear in the latest episode of the world’s most annoying adverts

Stephen Hawking: a Brief History of Mine, Channel 4: TV review

An insight into the mind of a master of the universe was time well spent

The author of Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh, is revealing an unexpected soft side to one of his most infamous characters

Trainspotting’s Begbie is back in new Irvine Welsh story for The Big Issue – and he’s mellowed

The author of Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh, is revealing an unexpected soft side to one of his most infamous characters.

Last Tango in Halifax stars Ann Reid and returns for a second season this week

Why has television drama lost that loving feeling?

The new deluge of TV drama focuses on bleak, murderous intentions but what's happened to the love stories, ask Sarah Hughes

A cinematic smörgåsbord of interesting female characters

Sweden has introduced a test to stamp out gender bias in film, what a relief

Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen has been frustrated with his role at left-back

Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen frustrated with left-back role but accepts sacrifice claims Andre Villas-Boas

Vertonghen has played the last three games out wide in Danny Rose's absence after he picked up a toe injury

Anthony Hinds: Screenwriter and producer who transformed the fortunes of Hammer Films

The success of Hammer horror films in the late 1950s horrified critics, who were appalled at the public's sudden thirst for the little company's blood-soaked frighteners, all lurid colour and unfulfilled promises of sex. Like the Carry Ons, the films were reliable and repetitive, put together by a team of old pros who miraculously made entertainment that satisfied thousands of appetites out of loaves and fishes.

Toni Amos stars in The Light Princess

Theatre review: Tori Amos' The Light Princess - 'magical and ravishingly distinctive'

Nicholas Hytner's refusal to play safe with the musical genre has been one of the glories of his regime at the National. From Jerry Springer: the Opera to the verbatim-based London Road, he has  fostered shows that seek to do daring and original things with the form.

Growing beetroot in straight lines will give you 'the superior self-worth of an established plotholder', says Emma

The plot thickens: It's time to get allotment fever

Beetroots and rocket and mustard leaves and radishes. If only I had the gumption to do it myself, says Emma Townshend

Monogamy is outdated, according to controversial BBC investigation

'Polyamorous' relationships, involving multiple partners, could become the new normal

Natasha Kaplinsky and Brendan Cole dancing on Strictly Come Dancing as the newsreader has said the BBC

Natasha Kaplinsky was 'forced' to do Strictly Come Dancing by BBC bosses

Newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky has said the BBC "forced" her to take part in hit ballroom show Strictly Come Dancing.

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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform