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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Postcard from... Normandy

After 18 years, we have moved home. We have not moved very far - perhaps 600 metres. Many of the important things in life – favourite restaurants, metro station, bread shop - remain the same.

Chemists announce that they are going on strike today ‘to protect people’s health’

France strikes: If it’s Tuesday, then it must be the chemist shops

France is a country that clamours for 'change' but detests changes. Chemists, lawyers, pilots and plumbers are all determined to resist it

French actress Brigitte Bardot smokes a cigarette - scenes like this could soon be a thing of the past

France announces world’s toughest anti-smoking laws

Tobacco lobby prepares to fight move to abolish cigarettes over four decades

Postcard from... Normandy

Our nearest small town in Normandy is a quiet sort of place which has never fully recovered from being bombed by the RAF in June 1944 and set alight by the SS two  months later.

Iraq received word of a plot by Isis to attack the Paris Metro system and the New York subway

Iraq warns of Isis plots to hit Paris Metro and New York subway

France ready to launch air strikes into Syria

The French government still owns a 16 per cent stake in Air France, one of the world’s largest airlines

Pressure increases on Air France to end pilots’ strike

Ten-day walkout over plans for no-frills subsidiary threatens very existence of national airline

An image grab taken from a video released by Jund al-Khilifa group via YouTube on September 22, 2014

Hervé Gourdel: Algerian extremists 'behead' French hostage over air strikes in Iraq

Mr Gourdel was abducted on Sunday

A French Rafale jet fighter over Iraq yesterday

France supports US with first air strikes on Isis depot in Iraq

Two Rafale fighter-bombers, accompanied by two support aircraft, attacked an Isis ammunition depot near Mosul

He's back: Nicolas Sarkozy promises return to French politics

Former president will announce his return this weekend

François Hollande at yesterday’s address

François Hollande’s popularity at rock bottom, but he has no intention of quitting

François Hollande insists he will plough on to the end of his presidential term, despite his abysmal levels of popularity.

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A crime that reveals London's dark heart

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Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
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New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
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KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
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Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
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Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
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Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?