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Thanks for your help everyone.
Eventually fixed it with the help of a mobile mechanic who ran out of time ?! so I finished the job myself. It's worth noting that on the Mark 1 Laguna 2.2dt with aircon there is NO WAY to reach the passenger-side bonnet catch from underneath. The only way we could find was to remove bumper and crossbrace then butcher the top headlamp bolt to allow the headlamp to be pulled out. From there it's easy to reach the catch and free it.
I think my original problem was the cable retainer - it broke and the cable became detached, so no amount of pulling from inside the car would help. Be warned - a new catch costs £41 from Renault !! I'm going to go to the scrappy to get a replacement for the other before it goes too !
Currently in hughstary's garage:
1997 Laguna 2.2dt