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Gloucester 27 Perpignan 22 match report: Billy Twelvetrees steps up to seal deal for Gloucester

James Hook, the forgotten man of Welsh rugby, did all that one man could do to set Perpignan on the road to European success last night. But Gloucester, desperately needing a winning injection to their season, returned to Heineken Cup rugby after a year's absence by snatching the verdict in the final five minutes.

Treviso 10 Montpellier 27 match report: Jonathan Pelissie cameo leads French side to comfortable win

Scrum-half Benoit Paillaugue booted 12 points before his replacement Pelissie crossed the whitewash to secure win

Travellers at Stansted Airport

Disruption to budget airlines as French air traffic controllers strike and Stansted suffers power outage causing flights to be diverted

The airport later confirmed on its Twitter feed that power had been restored

Thousands of UK travellers face possible delays and cancellations as French air traffic controllers strike

Industrial action will have an effect on all flights that fly over France

Yohan Cabaye urges Newcastle team-mate Loic Remy to fire France to World Cup

The on-loan QPR striker has scored five goals in three games

Review: An Officer and a Spy, By Robert Harris

In the case of Dreyfus – you couldn’t make it up

Exclusive: Shock over new contract for Sellafield companies

Unions and MPs have reacted with shock to yesterday’s announcement that the companies that have overseen cost overruns and delays in the clean-up of Sellafield have been given a new five-year contract.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic appears to make the gun gesture

'Fabulous Fab' asks court to overturn guilty verdict over mortgage fraud

The Former Goldman Sachs banker Fabrice Tourre has asked a New York court to overturn the guilty verdicts handed down to him in August for defrauding investors in a complex mortgage deal that left them nursing $1bn (£620m) in losses.

Jack-Alain Léger: Writer and singer who worked under multiple guises

As "Melmoth", Jack-Alain Léger was an award-winning singer-songwriter; as Paul Smaïl he wrote the scandalous "memoirs" of a young working-class Moroccan immigrant; as Dashiell Hedayat he was a furtive psychedelic rock star; and under his official name of Léger he penned the million-selling thriller Monsignore. He had many pseudonyms and disguises in his varied careers as a militant manic-depressive homosexual, public intellectual, prolific author, hippy music legend and bestseller hack, an unholy Gallic combination of Syd Barrett and Jeffrey Archer.

Leigh Halfpenny was named man of the series during the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia

Leigh Halfpenny set to visit Toulon while Sam Warburton return for Cardiff Blues has triggered further exit talks

British and Irish Lions duo have been linked with a move to France as their contracts are set to expire in the summer

Looking smart: Asian boom sends H&M to new high

Shares in the Swedish fashion retailer H&M surged to a record high yesterday, thanks to growth in Asia.

Vieira will need all his powers of persuasion for City to secure Ntcham

Patrick Vieira believes methods must change if English youngsters are to improve

Manchester City's elite development squad coach says methods are lagging behind in England

What are the best overnight stopovers on a leisurely drive down to south-west France from Calais, with a dog in tow?

Q. This autumn I'm driving down to Bergerac (pictured) with my girlfriend and dog to stay in a gite for a week. We'd like to do it over a few days, staying two nights on the way. We are crossing using the Eurotunnel to Calais. Which areas are good to visit down the west-ish side of France? Lee Martin, London

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