John Lichfield

John Lichfield has been The Independent's man in Paris since 1997, covering French news. Before that, he was the paper's Foreign Editor and he has also worked in Brussels and Washington.

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François Hollande wants to extend the TGV network to his base in the south-west

Francois Hollande's TGV vanity project is on a high-speed railway to nowhere

Once the envy of the world, France’s TGV network is mired in controversy – not least because of the President’s plans to extend the track to his political heartland. John Lichfield, in Paris, says the whole debate offers a warning to the UK and its HS2 project

French soldiers patrol the Christmas market along the Champs Elysées in Paris as security forces step up protection of public places following acts of violence in Nantes, Dijon and Tours

France gripped by fear at Christmas after third street attack in three days

After three attacks in quick succession – causing two deaths and 23 injuries – armed patrols have been deployed

Eleven people were hurt, five seriously, when a van drove into a Christmas market in France

France 'terrorism': Three 'lone wolf' attacks in three days – so should the country be worried?

Latest attack saw a van driver ram into a Christmas market in Nantes

Eric Zemmour was dismissed after telling – or seeming to tell – an Italian journalist that France’s estimated five million Muslims should be “deported” to avoid “chaos and civil war”

Sacking of Islamophobic television presenter provokes free-speech row in France

French left and right defend commentator after comments about deportation of Muslims

The police station in Joue-les-Tours, where French police shot dead a man who attacked them with a knife while shouting

Man shot dead by police in jihadist attack in Tours

Bertrand Nzohabonayo had posted the 'Islamic State' (Isis) flag on his Facebook page last week, but was not previously known to be a potential jihadist

The film tells the story of a deaf-and-mute farming family with a daughter who can not only hear and speak but sing, beautifully

La Famille Bélier is being touted as this year's Amelie - so why are many in the deaf community outraged by it?

The new film, which opened across France tonight, tells the story of a deaf-mute farming family and has been sold to 85 countries
Masks and other Native American artefacts on display before the auction

Navajo tribe buys back ancient masks after failing to stop their sale

Navajo nation had failed in a legal challenge to the auction

President of European Commission, Jean Claude Juncker

Luxembourg whistle-blower plays down role in tax deals

Antoine Deltour spent two years as an intern and a junior auditor with Pricewaterhouse Coopers

Marine Le Pen introduces Sébastien Chenu as her new ‘cultural adviser’ at a news conference at the weekend

Front National fear of ‘gay lobby’: Marine Le Pen appoints Sébastien Chenu as cultural adviser

Party traditionalists allege that over half of senior FN figures promoted since Ms Le Pen replaced her father as leader are homosexual

President Hollande said that the final text should be “balanced and reasonable”

President François Hollande finds third way out of the euthanasia stalemate

He accepted a compromise put forward by a parliamentary investigation

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