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In the middle of the night, hidden beneath the covers, I start laughing at the idea of anyone else finding out what I'm Googling. No, I'm not funding the dark web, I'm not streaming illegal stuff of any kind, I'm not even shopping for kittens; I'm soothing my troubled insomniac brow on frenchclick.co.uk, gazing at things formerly only purchasable in French supermarkets, now brought all the way across the Channel to my London front door – with no delivery charge on orders of more than £35. (More than £35? Pah. I can spend over £35 on biscuits alone in a French supermarket.)

Hollande driven by personal conviction on Syria

One side of François Hollande explains the other

French forward Franck Ribery (R) speaks with midfielder Samir Nasri at the French national football team training base in Clairefontaine

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri admits he didn't deserve France call-up - and promises to behave from now on

The former Arsenal player lashed out during Euro 2012

Thousands of 'well-dressed' women are dying from strokes as doctors think they look healthy

Thousands of women are dying from strokes, as doctors miss heart failure symptoms because they are too well groomed and look healthier than they actually are, claims new French research.

Etienne Capoue of Spurs is stretchered off

Relief for Tottenham after Etienne Capoue ruled out for just four weeks

The midfielder looked to have sustained a more serious injury in the north London derby

France ready to play substantial role in Syria air strikes

President François Hollande of France has reaffirmed his intention to play a substantial role in air strikes on Syria – but is under increasing pressure to put the issue to parliament.

Le Corbusier’s La Cité Radieuse in Marseille tested the writer’s Francophile tendencies

Stephen Bayley: The impossible dream of French perfection

Something to Declare

Postcard from... Paris

Alleged ‘Pink Panther’ arrested in the South of France

An alleged member of the so-called Pink Panthers jewel gang has been arrested by police in the South of France.

Album review: Bloc Party, The Nextwave Sessions (Frenchkiss)

The Nextwave Sessions is a five-track EP continuing Bloc Party's development from indie guitar band to a more exporatory outfit equally capable of drawing from R&B and electronic dance music. Opener "Ratchet" is the standout, a twitchy indie-funk groove unlike anything they've done before, its teetering guitar riff driven along by a sinuous, elastic bassline. Its infectious urgency gives way to a rapt romantic ballad, "Obscene", borne on slow, tremulous hihat and pulsing keyboard motif, then the hustling, "French Exit". The only failure is the routine indie chugger "Children of the Future".

'Terror's advocate' Jacques Vergès dies at aged 88

Jacques Vergès, the flamboyant lawyer who earned the nickname the “Terror's advocate” for his defence of former Nazis, terrorist bombers and notorious dictators and their aides, has died of a heart attack aged 88.

Marion Bartoli announces her retirement

Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli announces retirement - just six weeks after victory in SW19

French player blames succession of injuries for her decision

Marion Bartoli celerbrates her Wimbledon title after defeating Sabine Lisicki

Wimbledon ladies' champion Marion Bartoli retires

Marion Bartoli has announced her retirement from tennis at the age of 28 - less than six weeks after winning Wimbledon.

Young girls can behave in a predatory manner. I should know

Aged 14 I looked much older, and used to enjoy enticing men

Arrest warrant issued for JPMorgan supervisor of ‘London Whale’ trader Bruno Iksil

An international arrest warrant has been issued for former JPMorgan executive Javier Martin-Artajo, who oversaw the activities of the London Whale — the trader who lost the bank more than  $6.2 billion (£4 billion).

Paperback review: The Night rainbow, By Claire King

After their father dies in an accident, and their heavily pregnant mother slips into a depression, five–year old Pea, and her younger sister, Margot, are left to their own devices.

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Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn