After three years of almost unbroken success, the National Front leader Marine Le Pen has begun to stumble in her drive to steam-clean and re-brand the French far right.
Sexton will be the only member of Ireland's squad in action this weekend while Schmidt also confirms Keith Earls is a serious doubt for the championship
Saracens knocked Ulster out of last year's tournament at the same stage but top seeds have looked in imperious form this campaign
Fly-half has admitted it was “a very tough decision” to leave Leicester for a French club
Saracens came unstuck against French opposition once again after they saw their hopes of a home draw fade with defeat to Toulouse
Second-half was a true contest of will and power on a spring-like day
French league leaders’ home record now stands at 70 straight wins
Brad Barritt believes the current Saracens side is the best in his five years at the club
Conor O’Shea believes Harlequins can clinch a remarkable comeback and qualify for the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup after earning their second successive victory over big-spending Racing Metro.
Connacht coach Pat Lam was delighted at the way his side held their nerve on Sunday to pull off one of the biggest wins in the history of the Irish provincial side and put them back in the hunt for a Heineken Cup quarter-final place.
Teams meet to discuss their next move in the long-running row
Our XV best players from the first round of European action
Other standout matches include Ospreys v Leinster and Racing Metro v Clermont while the second round will kick off with Saracens entertaining Toulouse in the first ever Friday night rugby match at Wembley
More than half of the plane is made up of lightweight carbon-fibre
Former England fly-half is prepared to join British and Irish Lions squad should injury hit either Jonny Sexton or Owen Farrell
Flawless display of kicking from England legend leads Toulon to maiden Heineken Cup