Arsenal set for 1.5bn takeover from Middle Esat consortium

Arabs tighten grip on British football as Middle-Eastern consortium launches world record 1.5 billion bid to takeover Arsenal Bid dwarfs previous record of 800m for Manchester United by Glazer family Arabs already run Manchester City and David Beckham's Paris St Germain By Mail On Sunday Reporter PUBLISHED: 00:45 GMT, 3 March 2013 | UPDATED: 01:48 GMT, 3 March 2013 A consortium from the Middle East has launched the biggest ever takeover bid for a football club with an offer of 1.5bn for Premier League side Arsenal.

Pregnant war veteran took daughter, 7, on 170,000 European heroin run so she could pretend they had been to Disneyland

Pregnant ex-soldier, 25, took daughter, 7, on 170,000 heroin run to Europe in plot to dupe Customs they had visited Disneyland Naomi Thriepland, 25, was jailed for four years and will have a baby in prisonMother was caught by customs crossing the Channel with 3.4kg of heroin and her child Aiesha beside her She told officials she had been to Disneyland Paris, but in fact was in Amsterdam collecting the drugsFormer soldier served in Iraq and Afghanistan but quit to spend time with her daughter . Despite denying she made previous drugs runs to Europe, Thriepland admitted she had made a 'dummy run' a month earlier

Les bells! Les bells! Notre Dame set to chime out a fresh sound for its 850th birthday

The bells! The bells! How expert craftsmen are ensuring Notre Dame Cathedral's 850th birthday celebrations go with a BONG Many of the original bells were looted during the French RevolutionIt is thought the looted bells were melted down to make cannon ballsMedieval foundry in Normandy tasked with making new bells | UPDATED: 11:12 GMT, 15 December 2012 A French bell foundry in Normandy has cast the final bronze bell of eight huge replacements bound for the north tower of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. The bell, called Anne-Genevieve, was cast using medieval methods at Cornille Havard in Villedieu-les-Poeles on Friday. The 12th-century Gothic cathedral will inaugurate its set of nine new bells in February, one of the highlights in a series of events marking the beginning of the cathedral's 850th anniversary.

Desperate lorry driver clings to van roof in his underpants to stop thieves stealing his cargo… and clings on for a mile

Desperate lorry driver clings to van roof in his underpants to stop thieves stealing his cargo… and clings on for a mile | UPDATED: 18:59 GMT, 9 December 2012 A desperate truck driver clung to the roof of a van for a mile in his underwear after two thieves raided his lorry, which was parked in a Paris street.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn spotted in Venice with girlfriend days after cavorting with French strippers

Strauss-Kahn spotted in Venice with girlfriend days after he was photographed cavorting with models in Paris nightclubDisgraced former head of the IMF made the extravagant gesture to the new lady in his life Myriam AouffirStrauss-Kahn waiting to learn if he will face charges of conspiring with pimps to procure girls for sex parties around the world | UPDATED: 17:34 GMT, 7 December 2012 The disgraced former head of the IMF whisked his girlfriend off for a romantic break in Venice just days after he was photographed cavorting with models in a Paris nightclub.

French Mayor introduces law ordering people to say "hello" and "thank you" when they visit the town hall

'Au revoir' to bad manners: Mayor introduces law ordering people to say 'hello' and 'thank you' when they visit the town hallMayor Gerard Ple introduced the regulation requiring all visitors to the town hall in Lhraule, north of Paris, to be polite after a resident was rudeRule is aimed at 'the eternally dissatisfied, the rancorous and any other grumpy people' | UPDATED: 10:33 GMT, 3 December 2012 A town mayor became so fed up with residents' bad manners he has introduced new rules forcing them to be polite. Mayor Gerard Ple brought in regulations requiring all visitors to speak politely to staff at the town hall in Lhraule, situated a little north of Paris. And if anyone forgets their Ps and Qs or fails to say 'thank you' they will promptly be told to leave.