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Chelsea manager tips the Belgian to be among the world's best in near future

Bridge: Independent Pursuits

THE LAW of Total Tricks, the arithmetic of which I have never quite mastered, suffered a nasty setback on this deal from the Senior Teams World Championship in Lille.

COMPETITION: DETAILS NO 397

IN WHICH painting by which painter can you find these old rocks?

Cycling: What now for Tour drug pedlars?

The most controversial Tour de France ever staged might be over, but the repercussions will rage on.

Beckham leads the great escape

ENGLAND PUT the doubts and anxiety of the past few days behind them last night to record a 2-0 victory over Colombia in Lens, which takes them through to the second round of the World Cup.

More violence mars big match

Ten arrested as hundreds of English supporters clash with French riot police near World Cup stadium at Lens

Police search house for dead babies

NO ONE seems to be sure how many babies there might be buried in the garden or the fields beyond. In a grimly distressing operation, reminiscent of the Fred West case in Britain, French police are digging through the garden of a rural slum near Lille, searching for the bodies of at least three, maybe as many as six, new-born babies.

France: Lost generation makes its voice heard

Since the start of the winter, there has been a series of violent attacks on buses by young people in a host of provincial cities in France - Roubaix, Lille, Nancy, Mulhouse, Dunkerque, Montpellier, Brest, Dijon, and Valence.

Paris takes tougher line as truckers raise barricades

Almost a year after a French lorry-drivers' strike disrupted transport throughout Europe, more than100 barricades went up all over France yesterday. There are negotiations today to end the dispute, but John Lichfield and Ian Burrell find little impact so far on British and other foreign drivers.

A short stay in...; Lille

A short train ride from London, this is our closest foreign city. It has moules by the bucket-load, art, Flemish architecture, cheap hotels and lots of coal mines. What more can you ask for?

Drink / Let them drink beer

French beers for Bastille (or any other) Day

Cantona back in action

Eric Cantona was back playing football last night, seven days after he announced his retirement from football, turning out to help two friends in a testimonial match in northern France.

Football: Gremio and Flamengo draw in Copa Brasil

Gremio and Flamengo played out a drab, foul-ridden 0-0 draw in the first leg of the Copa Brasil final on Tuesday. The result, in Gremio's stadium in the southern city of Porto Alegre, slightly favoured Flamengo who will play today's second leg at home in Rio de Janeiro.

Testimony; You're in the army now

Sean Cornwell was proud of his connection with France - until he was arrested as a deserting soldier

Kidnap fear for missing girls

The distraught parents of two French girls missing in London appealed yesterday for help in finding them. They said that they feared teenagers Laetitia Ranson and Anjelique Wozniak may have been kidnapped after becoming separated from their friends during a visit to the capital on Wednesday.

Missing French girls found in West End

Two French girls who went missing in London three days ago and were feared to have been kidnapped were found yesterday.
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