News Valerie Trierweiler is reported to be heading for India

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

Debt auction relief

Successful debt auctions in France and Spain brought some respite to European bond markets. Spain paid 5.19 to 5.54 per cent to sell bonds maturing in four to six years.

Cendrillon, Royal Opera House, London<br/>Le nozze di Figaro, Opera Holland Park, London<br/>Rinaldo, Glyndebourne, East Sussex

A picture-perfect production of Massenet's take on the enduring fairy tale brings the Royal Opera House season to a triumphant end

Traveller's Guide: Ile-de-France

France&rsquo;s version of the Home Counties has a lot to offer &ndash; from the dramatic palace at Versailles to Disneyland Paris and a date with the Impressionists.

First Night: Midnight In Paris, Cannes International Film Festival

Every last clich&#233; about Paris, courtesy of Woody

Watteau: The Drawings, Royal Academy, London

Watteau epitomises the frivolity of 18th-century France, yet his drawings hint at the profound changes to come

Future of Roland Garros to be decided

National tennis federation delegates could vote on Sunday to move the French Open from Roland Garros out to the suburbs of Paris from 2016.

Vanessa Paradis, Koko, London

The arrival of Vanessa Paradis, partner of Johnny Depp, actress, model and face of Chanel, in Camden Town is an event. As a singer, she's still best known for the 1987 hit "Joe le Taxi", so this was a rare chance to see her music live. The concert was pretty much a run-through of last Christmas's French-only CD Une Nuit à Versailles, a live, orchestrated, acoustic-leaning recasting of her back catalogue. Despite issuing ten albums since 1988, Paradis's oeuvre is slim – one is a "Best of" and four are live sets.

Bell&#233;rophon, Op&#233;ra Royal, Versailles

As Britain succumbed to pantos and Nutcrackers, an arcane but significant cultural event was one of the hottest tickets in France. The little known baroque opera Bellérophon, a favourite of Louis XIV, returned to Paris for the first time since the 18th century and was put on in concert version in the newly restored Opéra Royal, the theatre in the palace of Versailles. It was premiered before Louis XIV in Paris in 1679.

Tom Sutcliffe: Is sentimentality an artistic crime?

The week in culture

Prince goes to court in bid to rid Versailles of 'grotesque' art

A descendant of France's King Louis XIV is seeking a court order to halt a radical contemporary exhibition by Takashi Murakami in the royal apartments at Versailles because it sullied "supreme good French taste".

Let them eat manga: How Takashi Murakami introduced Japanese kitsch to the Palace of Versailles

Japanese kitsch in the Palace of Versailles? The French establishment is horrified. But Takashi Murakami, the world's most influential living artist, isn't bothered in the slightest

Hair today, art tomorrow

Italian artist Maurizio Anzeri's latest exhibition consists of sculptures made from long ropes of synthetic human hair.

Doctors warn on heart disease and depression

The combination of depression and heart disease is more deadly than either factor alone, researchers say.

Traditionalists outraged at Versailles' modern makeover

Outraged traditionalists are due to demonstrate outside the Palace of Versailles tonight against an invasion of the gilded former home of French royalty by a radical contemporary art exhibition.

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