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of Former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, has been alleged
as a Soviet-era style assassination, he feared he had been poisoned
by an Italian academic Mario Scaramella, after declaring this
to his friend YURI FELSHTINSKY. pictured)
"When I talked to Alexander around 12 November about who poisoned him, we were talking only about the Italian guy Mario,"said Yuri Felshtinsky.
Yuri worked with Litvinenko on a book called "Blowing up Russia: Terror From Within"
|Andrew Loog Oldham,
manager of the rolling stones who has recently released his memoirs.
|DODI MAY HAVE BEEN THE REAL TARGET|
|Dodi may have
been the real target on the night he and Diana, and driver Henri
Paul lost their lives.
Arab arms dealers were believed to have hired assassins who wanted to murder Dodi Fayed, by luring him to a meeting in a Paris office block (pictured).
Diana had agreed to accompany him to the meeting, on the way the Mercedes crashed into the underpass pillar, killing them and driver, Henri Paul.
These new revelations come from one of France's respected investigative journalists Francis Gillery,who explains the plot in his new book " Diana-The Ghost Of Alma Tunnel"
Mr Gillery said Dodi and Diana were heading for office block, Passy Kennedy, US satellites had intercepted details of the planned plot through mobile phone conversations.
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|THE FOURTH MEMBER OF POP BAND "THE POLICE"|
|Henri Padovani may
look back with fondness as one of the founding members of super
band " The Police" little did he know after quitting
the band that they would become one of the biggest bands in the
He turned his back on The Police - and joined Wayne County & The Electric Chairs. Today Henry, in something of an understatement, says: "Technically I left to join a bigger band but with hindsight it's certain that The Police went on to better things..."
And with the upcoming world tour of Sting and the Police, estimated to earn in the region of £70 Million, Henri will only be able to watch from the wings.
|KEVIN ALDERTON - BLIND SPEED SKIER|
Kevin Alderton, The 35 year old ex-serviceman, from Dartford,
Kent, set the first blind speed ski world record , when he skied
at 100.94 mph (162.45 kph) down the sheer `Flying Kilometre’ black
run in the French ski resort of Les Arcs.
|LE PEN PORTRAITS|
portraits of the FN leader at his home near paris.
Angel Gurria boss
of OECD pictured at his office in Paris
|FATHER OF THIRTY|
THEY consume eight
loaves of bread, 15 litres of milk, six packets of cereal and
a pound of butter a day, the washing machine has been working
from dawn till dusk for the past 17 years, the school run takes
two hours and four round trips and the ironing board hasn't been
put away since 1990. Meet the Reigner family.
Vincent Bolloré businessman. One of the world's richest men. He leads the family investment group Bolloré. In 2005 he launched Direct 8 TV channel. He also took some participation in Bouygues group, as well as 20% of Havas, becoming its main share-holder and CEO. He also took 25% in Aegis end of 2005. In March 2006, he announced the launching of a free daily newspaper, Direct Soir, in September 2006.
|MONET SEES LIGHT OF DAY|
are back. Closed for over six years, the Orangerie in Paris’s
Tuileries Gardens with Claude Monet’s masterpiece is open
again. For the first time since 1959, the giant ‘‘Nympheas’’,
90 meters long and presented in two oval rooms — can be
seen as the artist intended them, in natural light.
|THIERRY HENRY HOME IN FRANCE|
Thierry Henry lived
as a boy in the humble white concrete tower blocks of Les Ulis
where he was born. 20 miles south west of the Eiffel Tower. Les
Ulis was built in the 1970s for immigrant workers from Africa
and the Caribbean, over half of its 28,000 inhabitants are from
cars and set them on fire and threw petrol bombs, stones and
bottles at riot police who drove them back with tear gas grenades
as street protests turned increasingly violent Saturday. Students
were protesting against employment reforms when clashes developed
with police in Paris , leaving streets choking in tear gas fumes,
shops vandalised and cars and shops in flames.
|BRAD AND ANGELINA'S PARIS ADVENTURE|
They are one of
the worlds most famous and richest celebrity couples, and they
have chosen an ugly concrete high-rise block in the 15th Arrondissement
of Paris for the arrival of their first child together in May.
|FRENCH OPEN CHAMPION RAFAEL NADAL|
Nadal has returned to competitive action after almost four months
out with a foot injury and to winning form.
|DA VINCI CODE CHATEAU UP FOR GRABS AT 16.5 MILLION POUNDS|
The chateau which
was the inspiration for international best selling novel by Dan
Brown and used in the film starring Tom Hanks, Sir Ian McKellen
and Audrey Tautou is on the market for a cool 16.5 million pounds.
|FACE TRANSPLANT WOMAN FACES THE WORLD|
patient Isabelle Dinoire appeared before the world for the first
time yesterday stating "I just want a normal
|FASTEST CAR IN THE WORLD|
The Bugatti Veyron
is the fastest, most powerful and most expensive production car
in the world.
|UNFREEZE YOUR PARENTS|
France's top administrative
court has ruled that a man who had kept his parents frozen in
caskets in the cellar of his chateau for years has to bury or
cremate them, despite the final wishes of the deceased that their
bodies be refrigerated in the hope that science might eventually
bring them back to life.
|THE BEAUTY TREATMENT YOU SPREAD ON TOAST|
A spoonful of a
new "anti-wrinkle jam" with their morning
coffee and croissant has been hailed by French women as a
secret weapon for youthful-looking skin.
|NAZI BUNKER FOUND BY BRITON|
A secret Nazi underground
bunker complex which has remained untouched for over sixty years
has been found by an English amateur historian.
|ROME STAR CIARAN HINDS|
Star of the hit HBO series " ROME " Ciaran Hinds pictured in Paris where he now lives.
|HIDDEN TERROR OF NAZI UNDERGROUND CAMP|
Sixty years after the war, documents recently uncovered in the Stasi, the East German secret police archive, reveal a large subterranean complex used by the Nazis as a concentration camp.
One of its survivors Geoffrey de Clercq tells a harrowing story of his time and of his escape.
Some 1500 prisoners worked to mine the underground chambers, many of whom died. Documents reveal that the SS had used the tunnels linking two shafts to hide priceless paintings and rare books.
"We worked in three shifts, 6am-2pm, 2-10pm and 10pm-6am,"said Geoffroy de Clercq, a French resistance fighter who arrived in Wansleben in March 1944
"One of my French friends tried to escape. He was captured three days later. He was brought back to the camp and hanged with two Russians. We all had to watch. The camp was not as terrible as others, like Auschwitz. But by March and April 1945 there was less and less to eat. The Germans had nothing to give us. The soup was clear."
On April 11 1945, with allied forces approaching, SS guards forced the surviving prisoners to leave the camp. "It was a death march," "Those who couldn't walk were shot by the side of the road. Between 50 and 70 of my comrades were killed."
Mr de Clercq escaped, but was recaptured by the SS". The patrol decided to execute him. An SS officer shot him in the head. Amazingly, Mr de Clercq survived, waking up hours later to discover the bullet had passed through his ear and jaw. He returned to Wansleben, and hid with the village grocer.
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Nicknamed "Spiderman," Robert is a solo urban climber, free climbing high rocks and up the flat, smooth glass surfaces of skyscrapers. Alain Robert is the only urban climber in the world who uses no tools or safety devices of any kind. Using only his bare hands and feet, Robert has scaled more than 70 giant structures around the globe including many of the world's tallest structures.
On his travels to the world's highest or most challenging structures, Robert has conquered Canary Wharf, the Eiffel Tower, Chicago's Sears building, New York's Empire State building, the twin Petronas towers in Kuala Lumpur, Centrepoint in Sydney, San Francisco's Golden Gate bridge and the world's tallest skyscraper, the 1,667ft Taipei 101 in Taiwan. This month, he reached the top of the 928ft Cheung Kong Centre in Hong Kong in about an hour.
Often, it means running afoul of the law. But Robert does it anyway. He's had the "pleasure" of seeing the inside of at least 30 jails.
But he has had his fair share of injuries. When he was 20, two serious accidents left the Frenchman disabled. He made a remarkable recovery and resumed climbing two years later.
When asked how many bones he's broken, Robert laughs and says: "Too many!" He estimates about 20, adding that he's slipped into comas a few times too.
|THE FIRST WOMAN TO KNOW WORLD WAR 2 WAS OVER|
|Susan Hibbert kept one of the biggest
secrets of the war... the fact it was over.
In 1945, working in Reims, France she was given the job of typing out the Germans' surrender terms at Allied HQ.
On the morning on 7 May Susan witnessed history being made, the full capitulation of all Nazi forces.
Susan - who now lives in Abbots Ann, Hampshire - began typing the Act of Military Surrender on 6 May and finished some 20 hours later in the early hours of 7 May.
"Staff officers and interpreters were coming and going. We were not allowed to leave the room. There were constant changes and amendments. I often had to start again from the beginning. The British version of the surrender was quite basic, although a lot of people had worked on it."
The documents were finally taken to the "war room", which was covered floor to ceiling in maps where the surrender was signed, witnessed by Susan and her colleagues.
Sixty years on, she has been honoured with a medal presented by the mayor of Reims and was a guest of honor at a champagne reception in the presence of the Defence minister Michelle Alliot-Marie....FULL STORY AVAILABLE
|HOT ON THE TRAIL OF THE GRAIL|
|The Da Vinci Code - 20 million copies
sold so far - has created the latest burst of enthusiasm and led to a DA
VINCI code tour in Paris. The Church of Saint Sulpice in Paris and the Louvre
in Paris, two of the key sites in the book, have been deluged with tourists
following the trail of the grail legend.
The tour follows passages from the book through the Louvre taking in the spot where curator, Jacques Sauniere was found dead, spread eagled in the position of the Vitruvian Man, the guide tests the tourists on their knowledge of the book, which then leads to the next stages of the tour, Madonna of the rocks, the Mona Lisa and ultimately to saint Sulplice, where murderous monk Silas carries out his murder of Sister Sandrine.
The Da Vinci mania has just begun but can only become overwehelming when filming starts this year on "The Da Vinci Code " - the movie staring Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon, the Harvard professor of religious symbology who is on the quest to find the Holy Grail.
|Marie Darrieussecq was born in 1969 in Bayonne, France. She is a graduate of the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris. Her debut novel, Pig Tales (1996), was published in 34 countries and became the most popular first novel in France since the 1950s. Her second novel, My Phantom Husband (1998), became an immediate bestseller. Her third novel, Breathing Underwater, prompted Francis Gilbert in The Times to declare that 'there are very few writers who may have changed my perception of the world, but Darrieussecq is one of them'.|
|Tom Maschler was five when his family
fled the Nazis in Vienna and brought him to England. As a teenager, he travelled
widely, worked on a kibbutz and did national service before going on to
become one of the most dynamic figures in publishing. He worked with, and
discovered, some of the world's most celebrated writers, created the Booker
prize and has now written a memoir
He is pictured here at his home in France which is for sale, full set of interiors/exteriors and portraits of Maschler.
|Starting when she was 24, Laporte had
a two-year secret affair with the 70-year-old artist. She was a beautiful,
former Resistance fighter, and Picasso sketched many times over: naked in
bed, in a wedding gown, and various abstract portraits.
|EUROPEAN adventurers who made the first
non-stop round-the-world flight by balloon now hope to take off in a long-range,
solar-powered plane that can fly by night.
Its lanky wings measure some 80 metres across, equal in wingspan to that of the giant A380 Airbus, which also made its maiden public appearance at the French air show.
In contrast, though, Solar Impulse will weigh just two tonnes, the size of a large car, compared with the A380's 560 tonnes. It will also carry just a single passenger.
The power will come from 250 square metres of solar panels on the wings' upper surface. They will turn two engines, providing 40 horsepower of thrust - enough for a top speed of about 100km/h.
|THE LEGEND OF KRUG CHAMPAGNE|
|Created in 1843 by Johann-Jospeh Krug,
the champagne has gone on to become one of the most prestigious drinks in
From it's base in Reims, France the leadership has been passed down through five generations, today it is Remi Krug who is in charge of the production of 500,000 bottles per year.
It's dark cellars contain over five million bottles and traditional oak casks and hand turning techniques continue to this day.
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|FOIE GRAS UNDER THREAT|
|The US, a major market for the French
delicacy is under threat.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, governor of California has signed a bill that will outlaw the sale of the famous pate by 2012.
A major producer Michel Belon spoken out against the ban.
"I cannot believe that a country that values liberty so much would allow its people to be told what they can and can't eat at the table," he said.
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|THE WORLDS LARGEST PLANE|
The Airbus A380 pictured at Le
Bourget airshow in Paris, picture
|BRITISH SOE AGENT FIGHTS FOR FRENCH RECOGNITION|
|Noreen Riols is a British
woman who served in Winston Churchill's "secret army", the SOE.
Despite her wartime efforts, she is still fighting a 14 year battle to change the claim of the French that Britain was not a " war zone "
Noreen who served in the Special Operations executive, which lost 104 agents on French soil, feels indignation at her treatment from the French.
There were 39 female operatives of the SOE , 13 of whom, never returned from their missions.
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1080 Pages, 700 recipes and a stone in weight.....!
|THE BAG THAT CHANGED THE WORLD|
Chanel's 2.55 handbag
reaches it's 50th birthday this month.
|COUPLE FIND LOVE AT AUSCHWITZ|
Auschwitz, the sinister
concentration camp where the Nazis murdered millions during World
War II, evokes feelings of horror and grief for many people.
|DUTROUX MURDER INVESTIGATION|
Detectives investigating the evil paedophile Marc Dutroux could not believe what they were hearing.
The testimony from the young woman – codenamed X1 – who said she was a victim of the notorious pervert’s network, was explosive.
Dutroux was part of a massive and well-organised sex ring, which included some of the richest and most important men in Belgian society, she told them.
Asked to name names she reeled off a list of businessmen, politicians, aristocrats, bankers and even members of the judiciary who she said were part of this depraved network.
The ring, which included Dutroux, had raped, tortured and killed dozens of youngsters sometimes in the most horrific circumstances, she added, describing one of the most sickening of their ‘games’, the human hunt.
Victims, some a young as 10, and nicknamed ‘petits lapins’ (little rabbits) were ruthlessly tracked down and slaughtered like animals by bloodthirsty members of the ring armed with guns or crossbows.
The young woman gave details of other murders, details, police believed, she could have only known by being there.
In June after an eight-year inquiry Dutroux was finally sentenced to life imprisonment.
The hearing had taken 100 days and involved a dossier of more than 450,000 pages and 570 witnesses. At the end the judge declared that Dutroux was a lone predator. Claims of a network, he said, were “a fantasy”.
But the jury never heard a word from the mysterious Witness X1. She was never called to testify and her statements were never read in court.
Today, speaking for the first time since Dutroux’s trial, the secret witness, whose real name is Regina Louf, says the whole case was a cover-up.“For me Dutroux’s conviction is just the beginning."
A new film documentary called MONDOVINO created by American sommelier-turned-film-maker Jonathan Nossiter which examines the wine industry has created a sour taste, pitting French traditionalism up against American new world wine. The Montilles feature in a film which has a lot to say and raises serious questions about what we drink - and why.FULL STORY AVAILABLE
Bertrand Delanoe is mayor of Paris, a socialist visionary, championing minority groups and currently spearheading the hopes of France's Olympic bid.
He is the most prominent gay politician in France, a fact that led to his stabbing two years ago.
He has recently written his autobiography called " Life " and is pictured here in his office in the Paris town hall.PROFILE PIECE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
| Recognised best as
one of the 50 finest restaurants in the world: Le Jardin des
Sens is run by chef identical twins Jacques and Laurent Pourcel,
Le Jardin has fed the likes of Gerard Depardieu, Christian Lacroix
and Robert De Niro and the Michelin-starred identical Pourcel
twins will soon open a restaurant in London.
|RACE OF CHAMPIONS|
The Race of Champions a yearly event since 1988, featured 16 drivers from various motor racing disciplines, including Formula One, rally and US stock and Indy-car circuits.
The Stade de France, normal home to the French football and rugby teams, was covered by a 1km asphalt track designed in a figure eight with a crossover bridge.
Michael Schumacher winner of a record 83 Grand Prix races
and the last five Formula One championships with Ferrari, lost
his racing group final to Kovalainen after incurring a 10-second
|"Sir Alfred," whose real name is Merhan Karimi Nasseri, is an Iranian exile who has been living in the passenger area of the airport here since 1988. Without a passport, he has been stuck in a kind of legal twilight zone. In June 2004 a film will be released about his life staring Tom hanks and catherine zeta jones|
A section of the futuristic, cylindrical passenger terminal at Paris' Charles
de Gaulle airport collapsed Sunday, killing five people and injuring three in
a shower of concrete, glass and steel
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The first true account ever published by a victim of an "honor crime,"
Souad's testimony is a shocking, moving, and harrowing story of cruelty...and
incomparable courage when she was set on fire by her brother in-law for daring
to have sex before marriage.
Jean-Paul Gaultier has created an entire collection of clothes in dough. France's traditional baquette has been converted into a fashion range , rolls shaped into wigs and slices of bread shaped into flounces on a dress, there are brollies, bags and wicker worked into bustiers, even the conical bras he made for madonna have been created from dough..... FULL STORY AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
|ANDREI MAKINE : Serbian born author ANDREI MAKINE escaped to Paris when he was 30 and wrote his first book in french while sleeping rough in a cemetery. After many rejections he managed to find a publisher having to pretend his book had been translated from the Russian. His novels have been greatly acclaimed winning France's two top literary prizes and is considered one of europe's best authors.|
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|Michelin restaurant guide inspector Pascal Remy was fired for revealing trade secrets, his has now released a book called" L'Inspecteur se met a table" In the book he reveals slipping standards of inspection and of some chefs "being untouchable"|
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|ANTOINE DE CAUNES|
|Antoine de Caunes is best known for his facetiousness as a television presenter on Eurotrash. But he has recently directed a new film about Napoleon, called Monsieur N due for release in the UK soon.|
|D-Day vets pay respects in the American cemetary at Omaha beach, this year will see the 60th anniversary of the D-Day landings.|
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