News Francois Hollande and his then partner Valerie Trierweiler greet thousands of gathered supporters at Place de la Bastille after victory in French Presidential Elections on May, 2012

In interviews published today, Trierweiler says she “fell from a skyscraper” when she learned that Hollande was having an affair with an actress

It's tough at the top: Meet the builders behind Europe's tallest tower

The cramped crane cabin that Andy Bowden spends 12 hours working inside every day is much the same as any other. There is his leather swivel seat armed with two small levers to control the hoist, a heater to keep both him and his flasks of soup warm, and a roll of loo roll that he insists is purely for his runny nose.

Giant Shard looms over old St Paul's

The Shard skyscraper now being constructed looms over St Paul's Cathedral, seemingly dwarfing the traditional view of London's skyline that St Paul's has dominated since it was built by Sir Christopher Wren in 1710.

Office rents soar as new skyscrapers rise in city

The capital's commercial rental market is recovering rapidly after a bruising decline during the recession, reports Nikhil Kumar

Unstoppable (12A)

Unspeakable, more like. Tony Scott, having directed some of my least favourite movies of all time (Man on Fire, Domino), adds to his charge-sheet with another bumptious slam-bang thriller.

Shard now UK's tallest building

Britain has a new tallest building after the Shard, currently under construction near London Bridge, yesterday outgrew the previous holder, Canary Wharf Tower in Docklands, which stands at 235m (771ft).

'Spiderman' climber arrested

A French daredevil climber who has scaled skyscrapers around the world was arrested in Sydney yesterday after climbing a 57-storey building and into the arms of waiting police.

Towering above its rivals to win the Carbuncle Cup

It was the cutting-edge, eco-friendly building that would soar above one of London's most maligned areas as a shining symbol of its long-awaited redevelopment.

'Freakish' Leeds tower slips into bracket of top four in world for 2010

A building in Leeds less than 70m tall and made of deliberately rusted steel has just been bracketed with three megastructures as one of the four best towers erected in 2010 in the world.

Leading article: Height of fame

The British do love their skyscrapers. And to hate them. Give them a peculiar shape and allow them to dub it with a nickname, and the residents of this fair isle embrace them. Think the "Gherkin," and the "Cheese-grater" and the "Shard". If we can name them, we can tame them. Make them too high, and too pure, on the other hand, and we'll oppose them in every planning inquiry. Not for us clean lines and modernism. Twisted shapes and bulbous bits protruding is what we want.

Stuntman banned from Empire State Building

A TV daredevil who tried to parachute off New York's Empire State Building can not set foot in the landmark again, a court ruled.

City's Broadgate to get £300m facelift

British Land, the Ftse100 property group, and Blackstone, the private equity giant, are preparing a massive refurbishment of Broadgate, the 32-acre estate they co-own in the heart of the City.

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What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

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The new hatched, matched and dispatched

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Michael Jamieson: Why weight of pressure rests easy on his shoulders

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The 'scroungers’ fight back

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A Bible for billionaires

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Paranoid parenting is on the rise

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The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

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We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

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The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

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