News Kate Moss posed naked in a series of publicity shots as part of her rumoured, six-figure sponsorship deal with St Tropez

Kate Moss' naked body boosted sales at PZ Cussons during the first half of the year as customers snapped up at St Tropez fake tans she advertises.

St Tropez loses 'le cool' over mayor's hardline regime: Julian Nundy finds slander and scandal at the heart of an election campaign on the Riviera

WHEN the people of St Tropez held a demonstration against the way their town was run, they carried a black-draped coffin. It was Good Friday and the protest, the first since May 1968, made the parish priest seethe with anger.

People: Morillon's name in the frame

THOSE attempting to track down the monsters responsible for the mass rapes perpetrated in Bosnia need look no further. An Iranian newspaper has identified the culprit. It is none other than the French commander of the UN forces in Bosnia, Philippe Morillon, according to the weekly Keyhan Hava'i. General Morillon, it assured its readers last week, was guilty of 'raping and assassinating a great number of innocent, defenceless girls' in the embattled republic.

St Tropez, in all its naked glory: Out of season, the town is abandoned to the wind, gulls and dog-walkers. Even half closed, Philip Sweeney finds it perfect for a quiet weekend

The French Riviera has a wan charm in winter. The light is still pretty, if flintier; sole strollers with dogs occupy beaches that in August are jam- packed with loungers, and the French adapt with customary efficiency to the cold. In Cannes and Juan-les-Pins the fur coats and the buckled tartan sleeveless numbers adorn the backs, respectively, of the permed and Ray-Ban'd ladies of a certain age (62, roughly) and their pooches; and the cafe terraces set up butane-powered standard-lamp heaters whose Art Deco down-reflectors make it possible to sip a pastis or even with a bit of fortitude dine al fresco.

Lens of the week . . .: . . . and why it calls for discretion when one frolics with one's financial adviser

FROM 200 yards away, a good photographer can capture the small print on a magazine cover. From 600 yards, he can reveal the freckles on a model's face. But from half a mile away, he can land a duchess in lots of hot water.

Longleat brother's prophecy comes to pass

ON WEDNESDAY evening Lord Christopher Thynne was sacked as comptroller of Longleat House - a position he has held for 15 years - in a tussle that makes the filial altercations between JR and Bobby Ewing in Dallas look like a children's spat.

Letter: Working holidays of a marquess

Sir: In his interview of my brother, Lord Christopher Thynne ('The beastly business of Longleat', 3 July), Jim White offensively suggests that I was 'on holiday in St Tropez' while my father lay dying. I had sought my stepmother's advice before departing for the South of France, where I go every year during the summer months for a work retreat. She advised me not to delay my departure, in that my father might linger on for weeks, or even months. She thought life should carry on as normal, and that I should return when summoned.

Holidaymakers head for the side roads

THE BRITISH were confident of outwitting the worst of the French lorry drivers as the weekend holiday invasion of the French roads began in earnest last night.

Sailing: Optimism for Smith

LAWRIE SMITH and Ian Southworth's hopes of places in the semi-finals of the Wightlink Lymington Cup were slightly brighter yesterday than the murky conditions on the second day of Britain's premier match-racing event, writes Stuart Alexander.

Sailing: Smith left by Heiner: Stuart Alexander reports on the Lymington Cup

FROM the most unpromising conditions came some thrilling match racing on the first day of the Lymington Cup yesterday, with Roy Heiner, of the Netherlands, winning all six of his starts to take an impressive lead.
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