News Valérie Trierweiler left hospital in Paris yesterday, a week after reports emerged that her partner, President François Hollande, was having an affair with the actress Julie Gayet

French press reports President likely to choose actress Julie Gayet and ask First Lady to leave Elysee Palace

Kristin Scott-Thomas

The Whitaker's Quiz of the Year: Round 3 - Art and Theatre

1. Which musical broke single-day sales records in March, taking more than £2m in less than 14 hours?

Flames, check. Wind machine, check. Beyoncé pulls out all of the theatrical stops on this tour

Music review: Behold Beyoncé, the cybernetic goddess of R&B

LG Arena, Birmingham

Léa Seydoux

The many layers of Léa Seydoux

Léa Seydoux doesn't see herself as a big deal – but Woody Allen and Quentin Tarantino disagree. Kaleem Aftab meets a reluctant star in the making

Job done! The world according to JT

History is littered with misunderstandings. We asked the Chelsea captain to shed some light

Brittany Cox puts her conservation skills to work in restoring an antique clock

Conservation courses: Breathe life into old treasures

The broken artefacts of history can be restored to their former glory using the skills you will learn on a conservation course

Taking Time, Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury

French artists of the ancien régime were rarely given to intimate, everyday studies – which is why Chardin's boys at leisure are so enticingly mysterious

Berlin Film Festival: From Marie Antoinette to Bob Marley

This year the Festival has majored on big personalities, behind and in front of the camera. Geoffrey Macnab reports

Farewell, My Queen, Benoit Jacquot, Berlin Film Festival

The French Revolution has been portrayed many times before on screen but never in quite oblique a way as in Benoit Jacquot’s film.

Rosemary Kennedy

US President's unknown sibling, victim of a lobotomy that 'went wrong'

E Jane Dickson: Con wants the face cream for his spy-work. 'It makes you 10 years younger, so if I put it on, I'll disappear'

Rows and rows of furry toys are laid out on the hall floor, like the aftermath of some grand Edwardian shooting party. Now that she has her own bedroom, Clara has decided it is time to put away childish things. Stalking up and down the lines, she reviews cuddly mice, bears, kangaroos and pandas with an implacable eye. The most highly favoured are set aside, while the rest are shovelled unceremoniously into black plastic bags for the charity shop.

Joanna Briscoe: This is the life

Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Dubrovnik, the Dalmatian Coast & Montenegro
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence
Lisbon, Oporto and the Douro Valley
Lake Garda, Venice & Verona
Spain
Prices correct as of 23 January 2015
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness