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The full-back has scored over 350 points for Wales

Pasty-faced, soap-dodging would-be troubadour Pete Doherty

Want to see a dirty movie? Not *that* kind

I fear that someone has been having our Gallic friends across la Manche on. Somehow, they've come to believe that the pasty-faced, soap-dodging would-be troubadour that is Pete Doherty is not only cool, but that he is a sensible choice for the romantic lead in a period film.

It was a disappointing night for Jonny Wilkinson and Toulon

Biarritz's Yachvili beats Wilkinson in battle of the boot

Toulon 18 Biarritz 21

The poster for Cannes 2012, the 65th film festival, hitches a ride on the glamour of Marilyn Monroe

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Santa Monica, Cannes, Lisbon

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Mahamadou Diarra (centre) joined Fulham earlier this week

Diarra has '12 finals' to earn permanent Fulham deal

Mahamadou Diarra has said that he is excited by Fulham's ambition and is looking forward to proving his worth in west London. The 30-year-old former Real Madrid midfielder joined the club earlier this week on a deal until the end of the season, with an option of extending by a year.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp leaves Southwark Crown Court yesterday after another dramatic day of cross-examination

I will lie to NOTW reporter but not in court – Redknapp

Harry Redknapp turned his fire on the now-defunct tabloid the News of the World yesterday when he said in court that he was justified in lying to one of the newspaper's reporters in order to prevent publication of a potentially damaging story.

Cussons buys Fudge hair care brand

The Imperial Leather soap owner PZ Cussons has ramped up the expansion of its beauty division by splashing out £25.5m on the Australian-owned Fudge Hair Care brand.

Heineken Cup round-up: Wilkinson signs up for an extra year at Toulon

Jonny Wilkinson, who surprised no one by announcing his international retirement in the week, kicked off the weekend by extending his stay at Toulon to 2013, when he will turn 34.

Danny Rogers: Earning a place at Cannes and beyond

What was once the Cannes Advertising Festival, founded in the 1950s, has now been rebranded as the International Festival of Creativity, because the lines between advertising, PR and other marketing techniques have blurred.

Pilot and wife die as plane hits mountain

A British pilot and his wife died when their light aircraft crashed near the French Riviera. James and Jacqueline Balmer, from Cirencester, Gloucestershire, set off from Italy and were making their way towards Troyes, 100 miles south-east of Paris.

Caught & Social: Brad’s Cannes opener for new film

Brad Pitt and wife Angelina Jolie led a star-crammed red carpet for the premiere of his new film The Tree of Life in Cannes.

Caught & Social: Striking poses at Cannes

Over in Cannes, they were still celebrating at the opening of the festival party.

Wilkinson denied as Perpignan stride into last four

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French Fancy: UK is star of property annual ball

Britain is this year's honoured country at the annual European commercial property beano in Cannes – MIPIM.

Cussons buys St Tropez

PZ Cussons, which owns brands including Imperial Leather soap, is to bring a touch of the French Riviera to its Manchester home, with the acquisition of the fake tanning group St Tropez Holdings.

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