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John Lichfield on an encounter with the mayor on his 'beach', watched by disbelieving Parisians; and how Jane Birkin has scored a hit with the critics

PART 1: FASHION IN THE 21ST CENTURY - 2001, a style odyssey

Will silver be the new black? Will Nasa take over from Gucci and Prada? In the first part of a new series on life in the 21st century, the editor-in-chief of French `Vogue' looks at what the smart set will be wearing at the dawn of the third millennium

Why is this great libel trial not on my television?

`The Al Fayed trial is the legal equivalent of the Iran-Iraq war; I feel as if I want both sides to lose'

Glassboats of the Seine battle with US rivals

IF YOU make your living in glass boats, it may not be a good idea to throw stones - even legal ones. A riverain war has broken out on the Seine between the Bateaux-Mouches, the best-known and oldest of the tourist cruise companies, and an American-owned rival.

The Eclipse: France - World shares a strange ceremony of science, superstition and awe

DESPITE APOCALYPTIC forecasts that the Moon would become glued to the Sun and the Mir space station would fall on Paris, the most untoward incident in France before or during yesterday's brief mid-day darkening of the skies was a sunglasses riot in Marseilles.

A river runs through it

To discover a more rural side of Edinburgh, just take a leisurely stroll along the Water of Leith. By Simon Calder

Paris Above: Dejeuner sur l'herbe

To best appreciate Paris you need to stay outside and, with just the odd cafe break, stay on your feet

Travel: 48 hours in; Le Havre

It's a gateway to Europe. But don't be fooled. It's a worthy destination too. By Gerard Gilbert

Travel: France - Die of happiness on the barge hotel

This could be the setting for an Agatha Christie novel," said Jacky, her New York nasal tones rising with excitement. "That's right," said her friend Philus, even more enthused. "All the characters are here." And they were. There was Glenn from Seattle - the urbane Gregory Peck look-alike, Gladys the giggly grandmother from Baltimore, some serious, slow-talking Southern types, a US judge and his glamorous wife, two Irish women talking darkly about the death of the Princess of Wales and about 20 or so others, including one whisky sippin' ageing spinster who insisted on talking with her mouth full and calling me "Boy," even though I was a responsible 34-year-old with his own bank account. But surely none of them would commit a Cluedo-style Agatha Christie murder with the candlestick in the kitchen. Or more accurately, in the galley, for this was a barge we were on.

Architecture: Green vision where once the car was king

On the site of an historic automobile factory, Paris is planning a virtually car-free re-development.

Essay: You don't have to be suicidal to be an artist, and it doesn't help

Our culture likes to romanticise creativity and depression. But it shouldn't.

Obituary: Elie Kagan

THE DETERMINED and adventurous photographer is not a very popular figure. He is usually seen as a menace; at best, a nuisance. It is ironical therefore that Elie Kagan is now being hailed as a great photographer precisely because he was determined and adventurous.

Obituary: Gp Capt Ken Gatward

KEN GATWARD flew one of the most audacious and daring raids of the Second World War. Informed by the SOE in the Spring of 1942 that the Germans paraded down the Champs-Elysees every day between 12.l5 and 12.45, the Commander-in-Chief of Coastal Command, Air Chief Marshal Sir Philip de la Ferte Joubert, called in Flt Lt Gatward and asked him if he would volunteer for an "unsafe" mission.
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