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

Savage Lands, By Clare Clark

As Clare Clark's third novel so lushly illustrates, Louisiana has never been the safest place to live. In the early 18th century, when the novel is set, the colony's French pioneers had to endure, floods, hurricanes and famine.

The Girl King, By Meg Clothier

Royal romp is fresh and fast-moving

Emma Bunton has "fallen in love again"

Emma Bunton feels as though she has "fallen in love again" since her partner Jade Jones proposed.

My Last Duchess, By Daisy Goodwin

Cora Cash is, as her name suggests, a rich American heiress with the youth and beauty to have her pick of the world's most eligible bachelors. But because this is the turn of the 20th century, when it is all the rage for nouveau American scions to marry impoverished European blue-bloods, Cora's aspirational mother whisks her off to England so that this Anglo-American transaction can take place.

French prison governor 'fell in love' with sex-bait inmate

The governor of a French prison faces a possible jail sentence after being accused of having a love affair with a young woman jailed for acting as "sexual bait" in a horrific kidnap, torture and murder case.

Bourne launches search for the real Billy Elliots

Choreographer sets up talent competition to inspire youngsters

Goss heads for Guadeloupe on the Route du Rhum

Cups of tea provide the inspiration for one of Britain ’s most genial ocean racers, Pete Goss, as he returns to the international scene in the Route du Rhum, which starts tomorrow.

The Handmaid's Tale, By Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood's feminist dystopia has now reached the status of a classic, and may well prove to be the book she is remembered for. It's hard to believe it is 25 years since it was first published, but its freshness, its anger and its disciplined, taut prose have only grown more admirable in the intervening years.

How I fell in love with halogen ovens

It may look low-tech, and it's a fraction of the size of your normal cooker – but this odd-looking contraption will revolutionise the way you cook, says Richard Ehrlich

Love on the brain

Butterflies in the stomach...The pain of a broken heart...They are staples of romantic fiction. But what does science have to say?

So falling in love costs us friends? Good – most of us need to cull

Friendship is fine, but now it's turned into a social monster that won't stop growing, says Tim Lott

Daniel Kitson: It's Always Right Now, Until It's Later, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Daniel Kitson pads on to the stage, lightly puffed out, in beard, braces and brown trainers and thanks us for coming to see him at this heroically early hour. It does feel a little strange, settling down to watch the Perrier Award-winning comedian at 10 in the morning, and there are a few bleary eyes around the auditorium. The early start is not a quirk of Fringe scheduling, though. It's all part of Kitson's plan "to put something amazing where you wouldn't expect to find it. To take the first moments of the morning and fill them with something silly and sad and wonderful".

Teacher guilty of under-age sex

A sex education teacher was found guilty today of having sex with a 15-year-old schoolgirl.

How to make Bizet's gem shine anew

The Pearl Fishers isn't the most PC of operas, says director Penny Woolcock, but that doesn't mean we should dismiss it
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Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

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Promises, promises

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The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
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Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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