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

Educating the Masses

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Wood is dead - long live shag pile

Flooring in the Nineties has been about parquet, stone and all things cold. But that's about to change. Felicity Cannell pays homage to the fitted carpet

Books: Catastrophe strikes the Cliveden Set

War and revolution drove the Anglo-American plutocracy off the rails.

Design: First-Class Deliveries No 2: Maison

OF ALL the myriad mail order catalogues, Maison, and its offspring Maisonbis (the mail order 1998/99 supplement), are among the most beguiling. Beautifully photographed and designed, the two catalogues are bulging with stylish home accessories eminently suitable for Christmas presents.

Le Pen ban exposes rift in far right

THE NATIONAL Front leader Jean-Marie Le Pen was banned from politics for one year by a French appeal court yesterday, halving his previous sentence but presenting him with a potentially explosive dilemma.

Internal feud devastates French right

THE FRENCH National Front, the most powerful far-right party in western Europe, is being ravaged by the most destructive internal quarrel in its 26-year existence.

French right falling apart over EU poll

THE FRENCH National Front, the most powerful far-right party in western Europe, is being ravaged by the most destructive internal quarrel in its 26-year existence.

Design: Reflections of all your desires

Mirrors were once thought to hold strange powers. Nowadays they're a miracle of design, a cure-all for lack of light and space. By Ros Byam Shaw

Books: Keeper of Hitler's crystal ball

HITLER'S PRIESTESS: Savitri Devi, The Hindu-Aryan Myth and Neo- Nazism by Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke, New York University Press pounds 15.95

Guerlain, the master of perfume, shot by raiders

JEAN-PAUL GUERLAIN, one of the world's leading perfumers, was shot and wounded yesterday by a gang of masked raiders who pillaged his chateau west of Paris.

Property: Tubes that suck up your money, but not the damp

DOCTOR ON THE HOUSE; A discredited technique for keeping walls dry is still being flogged by the building trade

Chirac clings to France's place in the Levant

Foreign policy, folly - or distraction from home? Robert Fisk on the French leader's visit to to Beirut

Polly puts the value on

CITY TALK

English Literature: Nice Blokes and Good Girls Behaving Slightly Naughtily

No passion, no pain: BritLit heroes Hornby Bloke and Fielding Woman have created the perfect infantile anti-heroes for a nation that prefers its emotions 2-D. Time to grow up, says Boyd Tonkin

Le Pen banned from public office

JEAN-MARIE LE PEN, the leader of the French far-right, was banned from public life for two years yesterday after being found guilty of riotous behaviour on the campaign trail last May.
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Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

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