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The mood book left on seats for the Céline autumn/winter catwalk show was printed with ethereal images of marble statues, clouds and woollen yarn – all in a neutral, bleached-out tone.

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Nicolas Sarkozy with his wife, Carla Bruni

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François Hollande's girlfriend is furious with President Nicolas Sarkozy. So is his former wife, Cécilia.

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This collection of pieces from the 19th and 20th centuries is intended to display the increasing range and versatility of the French horn following the addition of valves to the instrument – although the essential sonic personality remains unchanged throughout, from the mournful grace of Saint-Saëns's "Romance for Horn & Piano" to Poulenc's "Elegie" written in the late 1950s in memoriam of horn player Dennis Brain.

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Jos van Immerseel's period-instruments orchestra continues its survey of French music with this toothsome programme.

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