France cries foul over MPs in football shirts and instigates new dress code

The French are renowned for dressing stylishly, but the National Assembly has been forced to uphold standards by specifically banning MPs from turning up in football shirts.


Paul Bocuse, pioneer of nouvelle cuisine, dies aged 91

Paul Bocuse, the celebrated chef and ‘bon viveur’ who pioneered ‘nouvelle cuisine’ and brought the new, lighter version of French gastronomy to tables around the world, has died aged 91.


Apostrophes trip up Kazakhstan's move away from Russian alphabet

Kazakhstan's quarter-century struggle to assert its autonomy from former overlord Russia has hit an unlikely snag:

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Cyclist who became fastest man in world to cycle through Europe dies aged 40

He cycled 4,300 miles across 12 countries in 21 days, 14 hours and 29 minutes, finishing the final 100 miles with a cracked rib.


Deliveroo riders go on strike in Belgium and Netherlands

Deliveroo cyclists went on strike in Belgium and the Netherlands on Saturday, refusing delivery requests and asking restaurants to disconnect the popular takeaway app.


Dutch police to 'undress' youths wearing clothes deemed too expensive for them

Officers will target young men wearing designer clothes and watches they seemingly cannot afford

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Record-breaking cyclist who was fastest man to bike across Europe in epic 4,300-mile race dies suddenly aged 40

A RECORD-breaking cyclist who became the fastest man to travel across Europe in a gruelling 4,300 mile race has died aged 40. The cycling community has been rocked by the sudden death of Lee Fancourt and tributes are already flooding in. Lee broke the rec


Mary Lou McDonald to succeed Gerry Adams as Sinn Féin leader

Mary Lou McDonald is set to take over from Gerry Adams as the leader of Sinn Féin after it emerged she will run unopposed for the job.

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Why Italians are saying 'no' to takeaway coffee

Drinking takeaway coffee is a way of life in many parts of the world. So why do Italians refuse to do it?


Leo Varadkar talks to EU about post-Brexit future

BBC Europe correspondent Adam Fleming looks at Brexit messages in the Irish PM's speech.


Europe storm: Germany in huge clean-up as trains run again

Dutch and German transport resumes but removing all the storm debris is a huge task.


In pictures: Deadly storm Friedericke rips through Europe

Pictures of the damage left by hurricane-strength winds in north-west Europe.


Paris church collection plate goes contactless as Sunday Mass donations stagnate 

A Paris church has introduced a contactless card payment system to collect Sunday Mass donations.


Plane that skidded off Turkey runway recovered

All 168 passengers and crew survived when it slid down a cliff overlooking the Black Sea in Turkey.


Nicola Sturgeon holds talks with Isle of Man over scallop fishing rules

New rules were imposed over concerns about the accuracy of catch reports, the Manx government says.


Deadly storm causes chaos in Europe

Four people have been killed by 140km per hour (90mph) winds across Europe.


Hungarian plans to tackle illegal immigration are from 'Putin playbook', rights group claims

A leading human rights group in Hungary has attacked Hungarian government proposals to tackle illegal immigration, claiming they are from the “Putin playbook” and an attempt to intimidate groups helping refugees.


Spain admits spending £77m on extra police to quash Catalan independence movement

'It's a high price that all Spanish people have to pay thanks to the pro-independence government that was running Catalonia'


Norway set to become first Nordic country to ban fur farming

Norway is set to become the first Nordic country to ban fur industries, as it plans to close all fox and mink farms by 2025.


Italy arrests 33 'Chinese mafia' members

Police say the group was controlling the transport of Chinese-made goods across Europe.


Amsterdam airport cancels all flights due to severe storms

Rail service in Netherlands also halted as powerful storm lashes Europe

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