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

Business view: A bit of a flap around a former favourite

What are we to make of the dramatic spike in the price of Marks and Spencer on Friday? A billion quid was added to the value of the favourite retailer of the high street amid frenzied speculation about its future.

`Accounting irregularity' triggers Versailles suspension

VERSAILLES GROUP, the trade finance specialist, asked for its shares to be suspended yesterday after the discovery of apparent accounting irregularities.

Letting it all hang out; gardening

Topiary is too often seen as the horticultural equivalent of twinset and pearls, says Sarah Raven. Why not forget all about perfect peacocks, and let your box hedge evolve into an organic baggy monster instead?

Versailles founder nets pounds 29m from shares sale

CARL CUSHNIE, founder and chairman of Versailles Group, netted almost pounds 29m yesterday by trimming his controlling stake in the trade-finance company after a dramatic run-up in its share price.

Style: Let them drink Champagne

Seven hundred people stormed Versailles this summer, but revelry, not revolution, was their intent. The charitable assailants were America's elite bon viveurs. Photographer Sheva Fruitman enjoyed exclusive access

Letter: Hitler's victory

Sir: The letter from David Glew (20 August) adds very helpful points to those made in Richard Bazillion's lecture (Podium, 17 August) but it is still necessary to indicate why those around President von Hindenburg conceded power to Hitler in 1933.

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Creating a new country

If you occasionally wonder why we need a state at all, you should visit a place like Kosovo

Travel: A few dozen things you can do that will instantly bring you an enormous sense of well-being and make life worth living

I'm not bored or anything but what I feel like doing right now is standing up, stepping into a lift, descending at high speed to ground level, tip-toeing through a fire door, pausing beside the Thames, crossing a footbridge, trudging through endless suburbs, walking up a hill, conceiving a dislike for Kent, sleeping in a wet haystack, waking up with a headache, cadging a cup of tea, scrambling over a ridge, spotting the sea, sniffing the salt air, loafing around a port, sneaking up a gang-plank, playing a slot machine, putting my face in the breeze, walking round the boat, eating a plate of fish, queuing up with the riff-raff, grazing my shoes, walking down the gangplank, getting a whiff of Gitanes, smiling at the roof tiles, entering a bar on the quayfront, ordering a cognac, watching a TV chat show, thinking about nothing, getting into a fight, falling off the bar stool, lying in the sawdust, crawling away, removing my jacket, eating a baguette au jambon, fancying a waitress called Francoise, persuading her to run away, listening to wind in the long grass, sleeping under a horse chestnut tree, reading Emile Zola, sweet-talking a farmer's wife, shooting her husband, scuttling off with a duck, cooking it with olives, swigging wine from a plastic bottle, sitting on an ants' nest, renaming the constellations, reviewing world history, mulling over the meaning of passeisme, taking off my tie, perspiring feverishly, composing an ode to a thunderstorm, drinking a toast to European unity, jumping into a lake, kissing Francoise with a rare passion, destabilising the bourgeoisie, pressing on to Orleans, climbing the cathedral spire, gasping at the blue world, wondering if it knew any end, climbing down the spire, scraping a hole in my trousers, thumping a policeman, being arrested, spending a night in a cell, jumping out through an open window, stealing an apricot patisserie, getting sticky fingers, asking Francoise to marry me, threatening a priest, converting to Catholicism, confessing my sins, holding my head in my hands, selling a pornographic painting, blundering into Paris, fuming at the driving, looking in a mirror, having a shave, finding work in a hotel, carrying people's suitcases, polishing their shoes, spending my savings, writing a treatise on the rights of man, evoking 1789, manning a barricade, getting the sack, setting up a vegetable stall by the Seine, buying a suit, moving to larger premises, opening a supermarket, taking over my rivals, monopolising the sale of food in France, buying Versailles, declaring war on the constitution, running for mayor, standing on a tax- cutting platform, losing narrowly, becoming disillusioned with my status, throwing in the towel, despairing of humanity, resuming my journey, marching into the sun, striding over Spain, reaching Africa, shacking up in Morocco, fathering a dozen children and dying of black-water fever.

Football: Goals and grades united

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Books: The satanic Scarlet Pimpernel

At Home With the Marquis de Sade by Francine du Plessix Gray Chatto pounds 20

Hidden miracle of Louis XV's millennium clock

AT MIDNIGHT French time on 31 December of this year, while most of Paris is going crazy on the Champs-Elysees, a clock-work miracle will occur unseen at the Chateau de Versailles.

The column: A palpable hit

A domestic dispute leads Howard Jacobson into a spot of social awkwardness, but harmony returns with a stinging rebuke from an old friend

Profile: Claude Monet - The soul of suburbia raised to great art

Martin Gayford on the genius who was always a crowd-pleaser

Modernisation will stay on track, says Byers

STEPHEN Byers, Trade and Industry Secretary, said recent cabinet resignations would not deflect the Government from its New Labour agenda.
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