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Court rules that the French businessman who sold tens of thousands of faulty silicone breast implants around the world is guilty of fraud

Alou Diarra in action against Cheltenham

West Ham midfielder Alou Diarra to miss entire season with knee injury

Injury was picked up in Capital One Cup tie

Le Corbusier’s La Cité Radieuse in Marseille tested the writer’s Francophile tendencies

Stephen Bayley: The impossible dream of French perfection

Something to Declare

QPR striker Loic Remy

Transfer news: Loic Remy completes loan move from QPR to Newcastle

The striker will spend the season on loan at St James' Park

Transfer news: QPR midfielder Joey Barton attempts to force move to Everton - 'the club he loves'

Barton supported the club as a young boy and is said to be willing to take a significant pay cut in order to join the Toffees

A semi-rugby, semi-football game

It’s a game of two halves: with one being rugby

Let’s give a very hearty thank-you to the professional sportsmen of the south of France for answering a question that precisely nobody was asking: what would it be like if a rugby  and a football team played against each other?

Norman Foster's Ombrière, in Marseille

European Capital of Culture: A capital experience in Marseille

Cultural calendar steams ahead after innumerable delays

QPR striker Loic Remy

Newcastle reveal interest in Aston Villa striker Darren Bent and QPR forward Loic Remy

Both strikers are available this summer

An air traffic controller at the Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport's control tower, in Roissy-en-France, northern Paris. Air traffic controllers plan three days of strikes beginning 11 June 2013

1,800 flights cancelled as French air traffic controllers strike

Britain's easyJet has said it was cancelling 35 flights to Paris, 11 to Toulouse and others to Marseille, Bordeaux and Nice

Both Harry Redknapp, left, the QPR manager, and his Reading counterpart Nigel Adkins, spent much of their time out of the dugout cajoling their teams (AFP/Getty Images)

Harry Redknapp eager to offload QPR players who cause 'aggro'

The Hoops have been relegated to the Championship after finishing bottom of the league

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud reveals Bayern Munich move

Frenchman almost signed for Bundesliga champions before move to the Emirates

David Beckham in action for PSG

PSG midfielder David Beckham handed one-game ban for red card

Beckham was given his marching orders in the last minute

Danny Guthrie of Reading sits on the ground dejected after his team and QPR were relegated during the Barclays Premier League match between Reading and Queens Park Rangers at the Madejski Stadium

Joey Barton comments labelled 'unwise' by QPR player Shaun Derry

On-loan midfielder branded the Hoops players 'maggots'

Harry Redknapp admits that he goes home after defeats and speaks to no one

Harry Redknapp already planning for life in the Championship with QPR

The Hoops take on Reading this weekend with one side certain to be relegated this weekend

Joey Barton and Thiago Silva

Je ne comprends pas! Joey Barton's 'overweight ladyboy' tweet lost in translation

On-loan QPR midfielder escapes punishment for Twitter attack on Thiago Silva

Joey Barton could play tonight as Marseille look to move on from 'ladyboy' incident

English midfielder tweeted abuse about Thiago Silva

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Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones
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Iran is opening up again to tourists

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Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
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Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

The author of 'The Day of the Jackal' has revealed he spied for MI6 while a foreign correspondent