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'She has only just come out of hospital - she should be resting' says source close to the president

Phoebe Philo, the creative director of Céline

Philo shows Paris that the best designs come in small packages

Nothing short of perfect, says Susannah Frankel in Paris of the latest, understated collection from the creative director of Céline

France's winger Wesley Fofana (R)

France v Ireland player ratings

Man-for-man marking from the Six Nations match at the Stade de France in Paris

Ronan O'Gara of Ireland is tackled by Lionel Nallet

Ireland denied precious win by French fightback

France 17 Ireland 17

President Sarkozy speaks at an EU summit in Brussels yesterday

Sarkozy suffers a ‘horrible week’ as Hollande increases lead in polls

It has been a black week for Nicolas Sarkozy. At a pivotal time in the presidential election campaign, he has suffered what one French newspaper described as “une semaine horribilis”.

Wladimir Klitschko who will be aiming for his 50th career knockout

Boxing: Klitschko faces small problem

Wladimir Klitschko will be aiming for his 50th career knockout when he defends his world heavyweight titles against French challenger Jean-Marc Mormeck tonight.

Probe into handling of Irish murder case

An investigation in to handling of the Sophie Toscan Du Plantier murder case in Ireland has been launched by the Garda Ombudsman.

Paul O'Connell in action against Italy

Captain Paul O'Connell urges Ireland to cut out errors

Ireland captain Paul O'Connell believes restricting the error count holds the key to dispatching France in Paris on Sunday.

Luke Narraway will move to the Top 14

Stuart Lancaster expects overseas selection policy to stay

England coach Stuart Lancaster confirmed there are no plans to change the policy of not selecting players from outside the Aviva Premiership despite seeing another contender leave for France.

France fullback Maxime Medard runs in his try during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and France

France full-back Maxime Medard out for nine months

France's RBS 6 Nations hopes have been rocked by the news that full-back Maxime Medard has been ruled out for up to nine months with a serious knee ligament injury.

Luke Narraway will move to the Top 14

Gloucester captain Luke Narraway to join Perpignan

Gloucester captain Luke Narraway is to leave the Aviva Premiership club at the end of the season to take up a two-year contract with French Top 14 side Perpignan.

The 'Sunday Times' photographer Paul Conroy was successfully smuggled to Lebanon

Assad's revenge: rescue mission gets British photographer out alive – but 13 Syrians are killed in process

Confusion reigns as President Sarkozy claims wounded French reporter has been liberated from Homs as well, only to go back on his word later

Jeremy Laurance: The regulator needs to recover its grip, fast

Whatever the true risks and benefits of these implants, this does not inspire confidence in the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) – the body charged with ensuring medical devices are safe. Why did it take a television programme and the British Medical Journal to prod it into action over this latest threat?

Wales coach Warren Gatland’s team are up to fifth in the world

Wales climb past England but player exodus continues

You win some, you lose some. Wales, realistic Grand Slam candidates following last weekend's narrow squeak over England at Twickenham, had the second part of a glorious double whammy confirmed yesterday when the International Rugby Board published its new world rankings. Warren Gatland's side are up to fifth at the expense of England, who drop to sixth. It is not beyond the realms of possibility that Wales will be a top-four nation by the start of next season.

Farms warned as virus kills lambs

A virus causing stillbirths and deformities in livestock has hit scores of British farms. Experts say cases of Schmallenberg virus, first identified in England last December, have spread to more than 70 farms from Kent to Cornwall and from the Isle of Wight to Gloucestershire.

Dragons roar back in thriller

St Helens 32 Catalan Dragons 34

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'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
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