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The Big Six: from outdoor Jacuzzis and inky interiors to views of the Eiffel Tower

The imitation was found in the Prado, Spain’s national art museum in Madrid

Mona Lisa's 'twin sister' is discovered – 500 years late

Sensational find in Madrid's Prado museum rewrites the history of art

France's most prestigious theatre company, the Comédie Française

After 320 years, Paris theatre's stage hands demand égalité

A pay deal signed during the reign of Louis XIV has led to indefinite strike at famed Comédie Française

Loan of fragile Da Vinci sketch draws criticism

Art experts have criticised plans by the National Gallery to move a fragile drawing by Leonardo da Vinci after it emerged that the institution's own conservators have warned that the work will never be fit to travel.

The best time to visit Paris? When all the Parisians are on are holiday...

They are pushy, rude and tiresomely chic. And soon the city's inhabitants will all be heading for the beach or the countryside.

‘Great artist, wonderful man’ – Cy Twombly dies of cancer, aged 83

The American artist Cy Twombly, whose elegant and evocative swirls, splodges and scribbles made him one of the great figures of modern art, died of cancer in Italy yesterday, aged 83.

Watson's French foray lacking in entente cordiale

After missing the cut at the French Open yesterday, Bubba Watson said he wanted to leave the country "as quickly as possible".

DVD: The Nicolas Philibert Collection (12)

The standout here is the ineffably lovely Être et Avoir, Philibert's documentary which charts the infinitely patient Monsieur Georges Lopez's final year of teaching in a village primary school in the Auvergne region.

Briefly: Christiane Desroches Noblecourt

Christiane Desroches Noblecourt, who died on 23 June aged 97, was a pioneering Egyptologist who prodded General Gamal Abdel Nasser to help salvage Nubian antiquities.

Love-locks return to the bridges of Paris

A year after their mysterious disappearance, the "love-locks" of Paris are back on the city's bridges, more plentiful and vibrant than ever despite lingering suspicions that unromantic officials from City Hall may again swoop with their wire cutters and remove the tokens of couples' love.

Iran at odds with France over ancient artworks

Iran has declared a cultural war with one of the world's largest museums, the Louvre in Paris, which it accuses of reneging on a promise to send part of its collection of ancient Persian artefacts to an exhibition in Tehran.

On Beauty, By Umberto Eco

As a picture book, this "history of a Western idea" would make a great Christmas present.

Cultural desert: Will Abu Dhabi censor its new museums?

The world's leading architects are building museums in Abu Dhabi as the emirate pours a fortune into trying to become one of the art capitals of the world. But will the works inside be censored?

Tom Leighton's Photomontages, Gallery 27, Cork Street, London

There are worlds that exist outside our planetary system. We may never see them... unless they see us first. And there are other exotic constructions that are the creations of those gifted minds who write sci-fi novels. The photomontages of one young British photographer, Tom Leighton, fall into the latter set.

Album: Haydn, 12 London Symphonies (Naive)

Liberated from Esterhazy by his patron's death, Haydn arrived in England in 1791 to a hero's welcome.

Casey hits out at new Road Hole (but it's really all Henman's fault)

It's easy to pick a fight with the Royal and Ancient blazers. So here goes. As crimes of grand designs go, moving the 17th tee at the Old Course back 40 yards has been greeted by some players at the Open as seriously as if a graffiti artist had snuck into the Louvre and scribbled a moustache on the Mona Lisa.

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Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

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Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

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King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

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Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

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60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

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Theme parks continue to draw in thrill-seekers despite the risks - so why are we so addicted?

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Tourism in Iran: The country will soon be opening up again after years of isolation

Iran is opening up again to tourists

After years of isolation, Iran is reopening its embassies abroad. Soon, there'll be the chance for the adventurous to holiday there