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France flyhalf Anthony Belleau in action against South Africa in November. Belleau is among the youngsters in the squad that could pose a threat in the Six Nations. Photograph:  Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

“I think the French are in a mess,” observed Ronan O’Gara as bluntly as ever at his first press conference in his new guise as the Crusaders back coac(...)

Chef Paul Bocuse showing off his tattoo. Photograph: Paul Bocuse/Facebook

Kevin Thornton: I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Paul Bocuse this week and the news has stirred many warm and vivid memories of my time (...)

Paul Bocuse poses in 2011 outside his famed Michelin three-star restaurant L’Auberge du Pont de Collonges. File photograph: Laurent Cipriani/AP

Paul Bocuse, the master chef who defined French cuisine for nearly half a century and put it on tables around the world, has died aged 91, France’s in(...)

 FC Barcelona’s new signing Philippe Coutinho is photographed as he waves on the Camp Nou pitch in Catalonia. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

No sooner had Philippe Coutinho’s frenetic scribble sealed a £142m transfer to Barcelona, than he was forced to swiftly hurdle the first attempted tac(...)

Manchester City: “Their owner’s high potential investment value is complimented by a strong performance by the club across each of the verticals,” says the report. Photograph:  Julian Finney/Getty Images

Runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City are packing more financial power than any other club in world football, according to a new study. The (...)

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring a goal in  the Club World Cup final against  Gremio in Abu Dhabi. Photograph: Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images

In terms of goalscoring exploits, Fernando Peyroteo’s achievement in 1938 used to be the benchmark. The grandnephew of António César de Vasconcelos Co(...)

Rescue workers  on the site of collision between a train and a schoolbus in Millas, France, on Thursday night. Photograph: France Bleu Roussillon via Reuters

The four children killed in a crash involving a regional train and a school bus close to the border with Spain have been identified, French authoritie(...)

Rescue workerson the site of collision between train and school bus in Millas, France on Thursday, in this handou France Bleu Roussillon/Reuters

Four teenagers were killed and seven seriously injured after a train and a school bus collided outside the town of Perpignan in southwestern France on(...)

Laurent Wauquiez (42) succeeded Nicolas Sarkozy as leader of the right-wing Les Républicains after a campaign in which he positioned himself on a Catholic, identity-based platform. Photograph: Robert Pratta/Reuters
France: The right regroups

It’s difficult for a party to lose an internal leadership election, but Les Républicains, France’s centre-right opposition bloc, has form in such thin(...)

“I know what you’re trying to do? You’re testing me to see if I’m capable of taking orders from you as an actual woman. And I’m happy to say that I’m about to prove you wrong.”

Lauren, the new Lady Managing Director of Hook, Lyon and Sinker, thinks I have a problem taking orders from women. Which is complete horseshit, of cou(...)

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