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French footballers Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema in court over charges of paying for sex with under-age prostitute

French international players face up to three years in prison

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Boy, 4, killed by falling shop fitting in Bicester

A four-year-old boy has died four days after a shop fitting fell on him at the Bicester Outlet shopping village.

Love thy neighbour: Margo Leadbetter enjoyed the sadomasochistic sport of Surbiton social climbing

Every now and again, fashion alights on the old cliché of the bourgeoise woman as a focal point. Generally, it means primness, plenty of pearls, maybe a bit of free-falling georgette and a pussy-cat bow. It's a look Miuccia Prada loves, hence the rest of the fashion world does too. It smacks of old Saint Laurent, a bit Belle de Jour. All terribly French. But personally, I can't see those bourgeoise stalwarts without thinking of Margo Leadbetter in The Good Life – opening the style up to a very different interpretation indeed.

Stylish offer: Permira's Hugo Boss stake is sold

Private-equity firm Permira has sold a 10 per cent stake in German fashion house Hugo Boss.

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Hugo Boss eyes a rally in China

The fashion house Hugo Boss is expecting Asia's luxury market to rebound. Boss's revenue in China rose just 4 per cent in 2012 after sales at shops open a year or more fell in the second and third quarters. But demand has picked up since, and the suitmaker is holding a fashion show in Shanghai in May.

Hugo Boss eyes fresh growth after profits measure up nicely

German luxury brand Hugo Boss today said it was confident of growing ahead of the luxury market this year after it delivered an uplift in annual profits.

Mira Sorvino and her host Richard Lugner in Vienna

You shall go to the ball: Austrian tycoon picks this year's partner

Hollywood A-listers jet in to add sparkle to Vienna's annual event with an image problem

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Alex Thomson finishing Vendée Globe in cautious mode

Foot off the pedal and doing everything to protect his third place over the last 500 miles, Alex Thomson was sounding happier as he added “I don’t care where I finish (in the Vendée Globe solo round the world race) just as long as I finish.”

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