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Ian Sparks

It began as a simple blog by a young woman with an acute interest in lavatories. Aude Lalo would inspect public toilets wherever she went, then post her opinions online for her small but like-minded readership. Read more

A scathing new book has stripped the veneer of glamour from the French fashion world to reveal the low wages and harsh working conditions of young employees desperate to succeed in the country’s second biggest industry. Read more

French winemakers could take to the streets in mass nationwide protests if their government goes ahead with a plan to put an ‘alcohol is dangerous’ health warning on all bottles by the end of this year, a leading wine union boss has warned. Read more