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 Chile fans  before the Women’s World Cup match against Sweden in Rennes. Photograph:   Reuters/Gonzalo Fuentes

World soccer’s governing body Fifa has defended its ticketing policy at the 2019 Women’s World Cup despite seeing average attendances at the first nin(...)

French president François Hollande and mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo unveil a commemorative plaque in front of the Comptoir Voltaire cafe  in Paris on Sunday,  during a ceremony to mark the first anniversary of the Paris terror attacks. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/AFP/Getty

France marked the first anniversary of the November 13, 2015 massacres that killed 130 people with understated ceremonies at the six places where the(...)

Mattie Griffin puts on a show amid the mountains of Garmisch-Partenkirchen in southern Germany as part of BMW’s Mottorad festival

Fancy a 3,700km trek through five countries? For many four- wheeled motorists with summer holidays in mind, it sounds like pure hell. Yet bikers are (...)

Under Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger’s stewardship the company is thriving, with annual sales of its flagship Brut NV close to a record six million bottles. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images

Unlike his uncle Claude, who ran the Taittinger family business until he was 80, Pierre-Emmanuel will exit at the relatively young age of 65. He runs(...)

French  police officers, military personnel and rescue helpers attend an exercise simulating a chemical terrorist attack in view of the Uefa Euro 2016 soccer championship  in Toulouse, southern France. Photograph: Guillaume Horcajuelo/EPA

In the wake of jihadist attacks that killed 148 people in France last year, and in the run-up to the Euro 2016 football championship that will bring m(...)