Funding scandal from Sarkozy's past returns to haunt him

Investigation into misuse of cash from two decades ago threatens to derail re-election campaign

Ribéry loses £2.25m – then gets sent off

It was a bad day all round for France and Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribéry yesterday.

Cycling: Corsican start for 2013 Tour

The 100th staging of the Tour de France will start from Corsica in 2013. It will be the first time the Mediterranean island has hosted a stage in the prestigious three-week race. Corsica is the only metropolitan region of France never to have hosted a stage and more details are set to be revealed next month.

Keothavong makes last four

British No 3 Anne Keothavong reached her seventh WTA Tour semi-final after beating Bibiane Schoofs in straight sets at the Luxembourg Open yesterday.

Increased offer wins Macarthur Coal

Peabody Energy and ArcelorMittal have won over Macarthur Coal with a sweetened A$4.9bn (£3.2bn) offer, after a rival bidder failed to emerge for the Australian coal miner.

Australian Cadel Evans wins Tour de France

The Tour de France has a new winner after Australian Cadel Evans conquered the most prestigious cycling race in the world.

Tour de France: Cadel Evans set to become first Aussie to win Tour

Cadel Evans seized the Tour de France leader's yellow jersey after the next-to-last stage today, all but securing the first victory by an Australian in cycling's greatest race.

Frederic Vervisch takes Superleague win at Zolder

Craig Dolby driving the England car had a bitter-sweet weekend at the Superleague Formula Grand Prix of Zolder. While he had comfortably qualified on pole position on Saturday, by the time he had eaten breakfast on Sunday morning, the race stewards had dropped him back to 2nd spot on the grid for a minor technical infringement.

Murrays give all as Britain take control

Brothers' doubles success give hosts upper hand with younger sibling expected to finish job today

Murray whitewashes hapless Bram on his Davis Cup return

Having waited nearly two years to see Andy Murray play for his country again, British fans who blinked were in danger of missing the Scot's return in Glasgow last night.

Next week: Glasgow for Luxembourg in Davis Cup

Andy Murray will make his first Davis Cup appearance for nearly two years when he leads Britain in their Europe/Africa Zone Group II tie against Luxembourg in Glasgow next week. Britain need to win the tie, as well as a subsequent match against Belarus or Hungary in September, in order to return next year to Group I, which is the Davis Cup's second tier.

Lenders head to Greece as Europe holds back loan

International lenders are making an unexpected visit to Athens to check on its resolve to implement painful austerity plans that have caused weeks of public protests and political confusion.

Rowland back in dot.com game with social media flotation

Jonathan Rowland, the investor who made his name during the dot.com boom, is to return to the technology market with the launch of an investment vehicle targeting social media companies.

Solar-powered plane takes off

A Swiss solar-powered plane has taken off for its first international flight.

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