Sport Jules Plisson will make his France debut against England

Plisson will parter Jean-Marc Doussain while Pascal Pape will skipper Les Blues in the absence of Thierry Dusautoir

Mohamed Merah, the 23-year-old who shot dead seven people in March in Toulouse, had visited combat camps

France will arrest visitors to Afghan terror camps

France's left-wing government tabled legislation yesterday that will allow police to arrest people who visit combat training camps in countries such as Pakistan or Afghanistan. The move came in response to a killing spree six months ago by a gunman inspired by al-Qa'ida.

French and German HQ row hits BAE, EADS tie

The proposed £30bn merger between BAE Systems and EADS ran into further headwinds yesterday as France and Germany locked horns over the location of the combined group's aerospace headquarters.

French and German HQ row hits BAE, EADS tie

Just three months ago, incoming EADS chief executive Tom Enders switched the aerospace company's head office from its dual location of Munich and Paris to a single site in Toulouse, France, where the company's key Airbus planemaking business is based.

Armed man takes hostages at Paris school complex

An armed man took hostages at a school complex just south of Paris this morning, according to French police.

Chris Robshaw and his Harlequins team-mates get their hands on the Premiership trophy

Heineken Cup draw is kind to Harlequins, hard on Exeter

Harlequins have been given a kind draw for the group stages of next season's Heineken Cup. Biarritz will provide the English champions with their stiffest opposition in Pool Three, which is also made up of Ireland's weakest province, Connacht, and Zebre of Italy.

Chris Robshaw and his Harlequins team-mates get their hands on the Premiership trophy

Harlequins handed kind Heineken Cup draw

English champions Harlequins have been given a kind draw for the group stages of next season's Heineken Cup.

Wilkinson misses out on title

In a poor advertisement for French rugby on Saturday night, Toulouse won the domestic title for a record 19th time, beating Jonny Wilkinson's Toulon 18-12 in a dour but ferociously-contested match at Stade de France in Paris.

Heavy duty: Census Johnston of Toulouse may be a nutritionist's nightmare but the Samoan is also the top tighthead prop at Europe's biggest club

David Flatman: Performance is required, not a generation of gym junkies

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Forensic detectives look for clues at the flats in Grigny where a woman aged 47 was shot on Thursday

French in fear as new killer on a motorcycle stalks Paris suburbs

Four people are shot dead with the same weapon, but detectives think two gunmen may be involved

French members of the French National Police Intervention Group (GIPN) arrest suspected radical Islamists

French police launch new swoops on suspected Islamists

Elite French police arrested 10 suspected Islamists in early morning raids today in several cities, including Marseille, a police source said.

Islam group accused of French judge kidnap plot

A group of Islamic radicals have been charged with planning to kidnap a French judge.

Claude Gueant (centre): France’s Interior Minister said the suspects boasted about a radical Islamist ideology

France seizes 17 Islamist suspects in dawn raids after Toulouse killings

French police arrested 17 suspected Islamist extremists in a series of dawn raids across the country yesterday, a week after the death of the Toulouse killer Mohamed Merah.

Merah buried in Toulouse after Algeria rejects body

The Islamist gunman who killed seven people before being shot dead by police was buried in Toulouse yesterday after the city's mayor dropped a refusal to permit the ceremony.

Mohamed Merah was buried at this cemetery near Toulouse

Gunman Mohamed Merah buried near Toulouse

The gunman, Mohamed Merah, who killed seven people in three separate attacks in southern France, has been buried in a town near Toulouse, the BBC reported tonight.

Mohamed Merah revealed close relationship with officer

Was Toulouse killer a police informant?

Media reports point to close relationship with French security service despite official denial

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