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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

Gaetan Bong

Newcastle table offer for Cameroon international Gaetan Bong

Alan Pardew is looking to add defensive options to his side to boost squad

Yann M'Vila

The French Angle: A closer look at Premier League transfer targets Loic Remy and Yann M'Vila

Newcastle and Tottenham have been linked with the Ligue 1 players

Loic Remy

Loic Remy transfer to Newcastle thrown into doubt

Marseille coach Elie Baup suggests striker may stay in France

Barton

French leave suits Joey Barton; Wilfried Zaha draws Tony Pulis plaudits; Sheridan joins Plymouth Argyle as manager

Marseilles would welcome Joey Barton beyond his season-long loan from QPR. The midfielder was loaned out last summer, after receiving a 12-match ban for his red card against his former club, Manchester City.

Loïc Rémy has been lined up to replace Demba Ba

Loic Remy tops the urgent buys list for Newcastle

Magpies must move quickly to replace Demba Ba

Mathieu Debuchy in action for France

Newcastle close in on Mathieu Debuchy transfer

French defender heading for St James' Park in £5m deal

Therapist is blamed for patient's crime

A French psychiatrist has been convicted of manslaughter after her patient murdered an elderly man.

Joey Barton

Joey Barton expects QPR to be relegated from Premier League

Midfielder currently on loan with Marseille

QPR midfielder Joey Barton keen to stay at Marseille

QPR midfielder Joey Barton would like to stay at Marseille for the rest of his career.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one of many high-profile PSG signings

France: Marseilles aim to prevent Paris from buying way to title

While Spain has El Clasico, France has Le Classique; another contest whose bitterness is exacerbated by political history and geographical division. The football rivalry between Olympique Marseilles and Paris St-Germain, who meet tomorrow, only goes back a quarter of a century when PSG finally began to challenge for titles. But culturally the nation's capital and biggest port have distrusted each other for centuries.

Samir Nasri's goal proved to be the winner when he netted the final goal of the game

France exile continues for Samir Nasri and Hatem Ben Arfa as latest squad is announced

France coach Didier Deschamps felt it was not “the right time” to recall Samir Nasri even though the Manchester City midfielder has completed his three-match suspension.

Joey Barton joined Marseille on loan from QPR

Joey Barton appeals to Marseille fans not to pre-judge him, saying bad reputation is 'a bit unfair'

Joey Barton believes he is ready to make his mark at Marseille after settling into French life.

Substitute David Villa, back after a broken leg, struck Barça’s winner

Round-up: David Villa helps Barça stay unbeaten

Barcelona went four points clear at the top of La Liga and remained unbeaten after coming from behind to edge out 10-man Seville 3-2 with two late goals.

Poor weather forms backdrop for Team GAC Pindar's Alpari World Match Racing Tour win

Thunder, lightning, and a rainstorm of Wagnerian proportions provided a dramatic backdrop for the latest Alpari World Match Racing Tour win for defending champion Ian Williams and his Team GAC Pindar.

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Although it has become apparent that anything can happen at QPR, rumours of a pursuit for Real Madrid midfielder <b>Esteban Granero</b> are perhaps farfetched. The versatile 25-year-old can operate in a number of attacking and defensive duties, but with Luka Modric arriving at the Bernabeau, competition for places in the middle of the park is high. Nicknamed 'The Pirate' for his ability to steal the ball, Granero has also brought interest from Spurs.

QPR agree fee for Real Madrid midfielder Esteban Granero

QPR's bid to bring Real Madrid's Esteban Granero to Loftus Road edged a step closer today after they agreed a fee for the midfielder with the Spanish champions.

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

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Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

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Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

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French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

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Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

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Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

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Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

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Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

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Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

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