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Interesting to read your piece on crossing Paris in a hurry. Oddly enough, I did this on Friday, having forgotten that the Basel trains now leave from Paris Gare de Lyon instead of Gare de l'Est. Arriving at Gare du Nord two minutes late, the RER suburban train ran bang on time and took exactly the promised seven minutes. I still had to get my tickets from the machine and catch the train to Basel with five minutes to spare.

Tim Burford

Pat McCabe (left) looks on during Australian training

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The former French environment minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet was elected on Monday night as centre-right candidate for the Paris mayoral election next year.

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Former President Nicolas Sarkozy’s political party, already enfeebled by a chaotic national leadership election last year, faces further ridicule in a Paris town hall primary election which ends tonight.

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Maria Sharapova fought back from 4-1 down in the second set to defeat China's Zheng Jie in the third round of the French Open.

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