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

The report followed evidence given behind closed doors by Mark Kennedy who had sex with two women while spying on environmental protesters during a 10-year career working undercover

Deceived lovers speak of mental 'torture' from undercover detectives

Officers should only have sex while working undercover after getting permission from superiors

Too lazy to find love? New app SinglesAroundMe can do it for you

SinglesAroundMe offers a (very small) world of possibilities

Rant & Rave (16/12/12)

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Reg Traviss acquitted by jury after less than three hours deliberation

Reg Traviss: Amy Winehouse's ex-boyfriend cleared of raping sleeping woman

Reg Traviss acquitted by jury after less than three hours deliberation

Books of the Year 2012: Sport

From art to sport, poetry to nature, travel to food, history to music: our writers select the best of the year’s books in a comprehensive guide to the highlights in every shade of the literary spectrum – except grey

Leonardo Favio: One of Argentina's most celebrated cultural figures

Leonardo Favio, who died on 5 November at the age of 74, was a film director, actor and singer and one of Argentina's most important cultural figures. Known for his romantic ballads, he helped to establish a genre later filled by many Latin American crooners. He was a film star in the 1950s and '60s, and then fled into exile when Argentina's military dictatorship took over in 1976. He returned after democracy was restored and made films celebrating his hero, General Juan Peron.

Kauto Star will shine on his sport for ever

When I first saw this horse in 2004 even I saw there was something special about him

They’re grrreat: prices start from £60 for accessories, all Tiger of Sweden, Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, London W1, 0800 123 400, selfridges.com

Burning bright

Tiger of Sweden is another Scandi import that Brits can't get enough of, says Rebecca Gonsalves

More than 60% of househunters are put off by overpriced properties

Sellers urged to carefully consider their pricing strategy

Alan Ayckbourn’s play within a play seems under-rehearsed

A chorus of Disapproval, Harold Pinter Theatre, London / Jesus Christ Superstar, O2 Arena, London

Alan Ayckbourn's play within a play seems under-rehearsed, while 'Superstar' is still entertaining on its umpteenth coming

Leading article: This is a US Republican convention that matters

Mr Romney needs to win Americans’trust; not their hearts, but their heads

Album: Antony and the Johnsons, Cut the World (Rough Trade)

The notion of transformation has always been fundamental to the work of Antony Hegarty, often in trans-gender and even trans-species terms. He's the ugly duckling that turned into the magnificent swan – and on Cut the World, that swan gets to drift all the more elegantly across a lake of full-scale orchestral arrangements, which themselves transform some of his earlier songs into more fabulous creations.

Jenny Colgan: Warm and friendly, but Maeve Binchy's stories were never merely cosy

She was a commercial novelist with an unfussy style that helped her sell millions

Observations: Keep it in the family: the dark visions of Jennifer Lynch

The screenwriter and director, Jennifer Chambers Lynch, 44, daughter of Twin Peaks director David Lynch is not into “torture porn”. “There are plenty of filmmakers out there who will happily and effectively make 'torture porn'. I am not one of them,” she says.

The Method, By Juli Zeh

Set in the mid-21st century, this novel by German Juli Zeh presents a chilling vision of a dystopian future that plays on our current obsession with health and mass surveillance. Mia Holl, a scientist, lives in a monitored house where the air quality is repeatedly checked, household waste and sewage tested, and public areas regularly disinfected. In return, she and other residents are entitled to cut-price power and water. It is all part of the Method, a system designed to ensure "a happy and healthy life, a life free from suffering and pain".

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