Esther Dingley: remains found in Pyrenees are missing Briton’s

DNA testing has confirmed remains belong to missing hiker, says charity LBT Global Tributes have been paid to the British hiker Esther Dingley after human remains in the Pyrenees were confirmed as being hers. Dingley, 37, had been walking solo in the mountains near the border between Spain and France and was last seen on […]

Coronavirus live news: Pakistan to ban air travel for unvaccinated; Israel ‘to offer Pfizer booster shot’

Pakistan to require all public sector staff to get jabbed in raft of draconian measures; Israel to give people a third shot as efficacy wanes, reports say France criticises being left on England’s ‘amber plus’ list Once a Covid success story, South Korea sweats through summer of Delta surge Five Cuban generals dead in recent […]

Manchester United sign Scotland’s Martha Thomas on two-year deal

Striker arrives after two seasons with West Ham ‘I’ve been impressed with the success the club has had’ Manchester United Women have signed the Scotland international Martha Thomas on a deal until the summer of 2023. Thomas spent the previous two seasons with West Ham and has also had a spell in France for Le […]

Arrests made after jewel thief scooted off from ‘mind-boggling’ Paris heist

Potential witnesses reportedly distracted by visit of Jean-Claude Van Damme to nearby opticians French police have arrested two suspects after a thief took jewels worth between €2m and €3m (£1.7m and £2.55m) from an exclusive Paris store and scooted off before the alarm could be raised. The two suspects, who were travelling on a coach, […]

‘I felt violated by the demand to undress’: three Muslim women on France’s hostility to the hijab

In France, a new law could seriously restrict women’s rights to wear headscarves in public, and there are fears that it will entrench Islamophobia Last October, the French president, Emmanuel Macron, laid out the vision behind a new, deeply controversial bill. The government claimed a minority of France’s estimated 6 million Muslims were at risk […]

France’s last inhabited lighthouse gets Unesco status – in pictures

The Cordouan beacon is the last to be inhabited in France and only the second, after the Tower of Hercules at La Coruña in Spain, to be added to Unesco’s World Heritage list. Cordouan was built at the end of the 16th century and overlooks the Atlantic Ocean from the mouth of the Gironde estuary […]

Leïla Slimani: ‘I think I’m always writing about women, domination, violence’

The French-Moroccan author on why she writes, the complexity of identity, and the first book of a trilogy based on her family history Author Leïla Slimani, 39, grew up in Rabat, Morocco, and moved to Paris when she was 17. Her first novel, Adèle, a melancholy story about a nymphomaniac mother in her 30s, was […]

Andy Murray advances in men’s doubles as tennis players suffer in Tokyo heat

Murray and Joe Salisbury beat second seeds Herbert and Mahut Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev through in singles Only 23 of the top 50 men’s singles players made the trip here, a reflection of the competition’s confused place in a sport already bursting with major tournaments each year. What has always been clear, though, is […]

Idris Elba: ‘I used work to exorcise my demons’

The actor was working as a bouncer when he got a small part in a new show called The Wire. Two decades on, he’s a blockbuster fixture. The Suicide Squad star talks about fighting for his big break, losing his dad, and why acting helped him out of a ‘dark, weird junction’ “I appreciate my […]

France fiasco to pingdemic U-turn: Boris Johnson’s week of chaos

In the last seven days the UK government has flailed from one controversy or misstep to the next Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Often, the political week heading into the Commons summer recess can feel almost soporific, with the thoughts of ministers and MPs geared more towards holiday sunbeds than rows. […]

Geraint Thomas ready for final chance to lay Olympic road race ghost

Thomas crashed in 2016 in Rio when set for gold Tour de France winner Tadej Pogacar will be in the mix Geraint Thomas has left skin and Lycra behind on the tarmac in many exotic parts of the world, but the Welshman’s crash with 10 kilometres remaining in the Rio Olympic Games road race five […]

Priti Patel accused of throwing good money after bad over Channel migrants

Tory MP criticises home secretary over £55m deal with France to double number of patrols off its coast Handing £55m to French authorities to clamp down on migrants crossing the Channel in small boats is “throwing good money after bad”, the home secretary has been told by a Conservative colleague as she was grilled by […]

UK to pay £55m to French border patrols to fund migrant clampdown

Priti Patel strikes deal as number of people making voyage this year reaches 8,452, eclipsing 2020’s total The UK taxpayer is to hand over a further €62.7m (£55m) to France to fund another clampdown on small-boat crossings of the Channel, the Home Office has revealed. The home Secretary, Priti Patel, agreed to pay the sum […]

Tadej Pogacar’s drug tests and bike X-rays are clean, insists UCI president | Jeremy Whittle

David Lappartient discusses suspicions around the Tour de France champion’s team principal, the return of the Women’s Tour and taking the world championships to Africa David Lappartient, president of the International Cycling Union (UCI), insists there is “no reason to have doubts” over the performances of the Tour de France winner, Tadej Pogacar. The 22-year-old […]

Post-Brexit roadblocks in place in Kent despite travel U-turn on France

Operation Brock restarted to handle anticipated queues as travel industry questions government decision Emergency road measures to handle post-Brexit queues in Kent have been restarted by the government to cope with potential holiday traffic – despite Friday’s decision to further restrict cross-Channel travel to France. Barriers on the M20 were erected over the weekend for […]

Beta prompts UK moves over France – but all variants could flourish after Monday

Analysis: making fully vaccinated travellers returning from places with lower infection rates quarantine, while the virus runs wild here, is difficult to comprehend Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Boris Johnson’s pendulum swing from “freedom day” to unlocking with “extreme caution” relayed a shift in the government’s thinking – that the relaxation […]

Covid live news: UK goes on Denmark’s red list; thousands march in France against Covid passport plans

Denmark makes exception for Wales; French people hold rallies against measures proposed by President Macron Pressure builds on ministers to reach decision on vaccines for children Quarantine to remain for vaccinated UK travellers returning from France See all our coronavirus coverage 10.41pm BST Sajid Javid, the health secretary for England, has said his positive Covid […]

Ineos a faded imitation of Team Sky glory years at Tour de France

Poor tactics and lack of risk-taking sum up how it has gone badly wrong for Dave Brailsford’s Ineos Grenadiers In sport, failure can be relative. If Team Ineos were to conclude their 2021 season on Sunday, when the Tour de France ends in Paris, they would be entitled to look back with some pride at […]

Quarantine to remain for vaccinated UK travellers returning from France

Late change to Monday’s new Covid rules in England as strict conditions introduced on travel to Bulgaria Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Travellers returning to England from France will still be forced to quarantine next week even if they are double-vaccinated after ministers made a last-minute change to rules due to […]

Tour de France stage 19: Mohoric bursts clear to keep Cavendish waiting

Bahrain Victorious rider takes second stage win of Tour Team is subject to investigation following raids A defiant Matej Mohoric of Slovenia took his second stage win in this year’s Tour de France, just 24 hours after French public health officials opened a preliminary anti-doping investigation into his Bahrain Victorious team. The 26-year-old, a former […]

Tadej Pogacar powers up last mountain test to take Tour de France stage 18

UAE Team Emirates rider pulls away in closing stages Richard Carapaz and Jonas Vingegaard unable to reel him in Tadej Pogacar climbed on to the Tour de France presentation podium overlooking the Pyrenean peaks, and, after celebrating his third stage win, pulling on the race leader’s yellow jersey, the best young rider’s jersey and the […]

Patrick Konrad wins his first Tour de France stage as Pogacar stays in control

Austrian Bora Hansgrohe rider claims solo breakaway win Tadej Pogacar retains yellow jersey with lead of five minutes The reigning Tour de France champion, Tadej Pogacar, is steeling himself for last‑ditch attacks on his race leadership in what may prove to be the toughest day of this year’s race – the 17th stage to the […]

Von der Leyen pledges fuel poverty help amid EU emissions trading concerns

Commission president moves to assuage fears scheme could lead to higher home energy and petrol bills The European commission has said it wants a fund to prevent fuel poverty, amid warnings from an ally of France’s Emmanuel Macron that a proposed trading scheme to cut emissions from transport and buildings is “political suicide”. The commission […]

Covid live: proposal for compulsory jabs for France frontline workers; worst of pandemic ‘over for some countries’

France recommends mandatory jabs for professionals coming into contact with vulnerable; WHO director says many countries have done ‘a good job’ First year of pandemic claimed lives of 25 young people in England Pfizer to ask US to authorize third Covid vaccine shot as booster South Korea raises restrictions in Seoul amid ‘maximum crisis’ Stronger […]

French posters of kissing couples promote ‘desirable’ side of Covid jab

Health authority creates adverts to send positive message about social effects of vaccination Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage A romantically suggestive French advertising campaign to persuade young people to have the Covid-19 vaccine has pointed out the “desirable” effects of getting jabbed. The posters, produced by health authorities in the south […]

Mark Cavendish equals Merckx’s record with 34th Tour de France stage win

British rider’s acceleration helps him triumph in stage 13 Simon Yates among riders forced to abandon after crash Mark Cavendish equalled the long-standing Tour de France stage win record, held by the five-times winner Eddy Merckx, with the 34th stage win of his career that ended in Carcassonne on Friday. Once again the 36-year-old Cavendish, […]

Judge tells Priti Patel to bring asylum seeker back to UK

High court says home secretary should use her ‘best endeavours’ to bring back Sudanese man so his trafficking and torture claims can be investigated Priti Patel should bring back to the UK a small boat asylum seeker who was removed to France in the next 14 days, the high court has ruled. In a ruling […]

Shampanskoye: French champagne industry in a fizz over Russian law

Non-Russian producers now required to mark their bottles as sparkling wine If anything is guaranteed to get French wine producers in a fizz, it is the suggestion that champagne can be made anywhere outside the Champagne region in France. As a protected appellation, the term is jealously guarded and legally defended. As the Champagne committee’s […]