Travel East meets west: the Bosphorus connects Istanbul’s two sides

'I loved the contrast in Istanbul – the call to prayer mixed with the European cafés'

Satire and anti-Semitism: Like Sarko, like son

France is agog at yet another soap opera involving its First Family. John Lichfield reports

Waterside Paris

Summer on the Seine is about to begin, as 2,000 tons of sand bring the beach to the French capital. And with lively canals and watering holes, now is the time to dip into the city, says Alessia Horwich

Paris, 1942: La vie en rose

A new exhibition of colourful images depicting everyday life under Nazi occupation in the French capital has been attacked as a historical whitewash. John Lichfield reports

Father and daughter trade insults in the bitter battle for 'Sarkoland'

There are dysfunctional families in the highest places; there are casual back-stabbings in broad daylight, carried out by middle-aged men in suits; there are almost daily allegations of corruption and slander.

Supermodel Katoucha found dead in river Seine

Police in Paris have found the body of one of the world's first black supermodels, a month after she went missing on her way home from a party.

Body of top model found in Paris

A body found in the River Seine was that of Katoucha Niane, a former supermodel for Yves Saint Laurent and other top designers, police said today.

Le Pen's HQ up for sale as party declines

For sale: prestigious offices overlooking the river Seine. Previously the headquarters of famous and (once) successful, xenophobic, political party. Offers over €16m (£12m).

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Our Man In Paris: Diplomacy goes out the window

THE FRENCH diplomatic service is to vacate the Quai d'Orsay, its ornate and legendary building beside the Seine. The diplomats' new home is the subject of an undiplomatic quarrel between Prime Minister Jean- Pierre Raffarin and Paris mayor Betrand Delanoe.

Valentine's special: You, me, the moonlight - and the patter of tiny feet

Do romance and kids mix? Yes, says Kate Simon

Paris mourns passing of a cathedral of industry

As 90 years of French social and industrial history falls to the bulldozer,John Lichfield looks at what will replace Renault's fabled factory on the Seine

48 Hours In Waterside Paris

There's plenty for water babies to do in the city of romance, from trips along the Seine to lazing on the beach, says Rhiannon Batten

Beach life suits Paris well, but we shouldn't copy it

It was a commonplace that London had failed to make as much of its river as Paris, but now this is far from accurate
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