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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File photo: President François Hollande speaks with senior French politicians

Politician and 'friend of President Francois Hollande' said he only 'liked journalists with big breasts', claim French female reporters

40 political reporters said it was time to end the 'lascivious paternalism' to which they were routinely subjected to in the French corridors of power

Marine Le Pen, leader of the Front National, with her father, Jean-Marie

Jean-Marie Le Pen suspended as Front National's president of honour after refusing to attend disciplinary meeting over Nazi remarks

Mr Le Pen says it is below his 'dignity' to be disciplined by the party he founded

The Rafale has been second best to its American rivals and to the part-British “Eurofighter” or Typhoon

France sells 24 Rafale warplanes to Qatar

The aircraft has been losing out since the turn of the century to American rivals and to the part-British 'Eurofighter' or Typhoon

Harvest in Normandy, where a cut-price land sale has put a small village on the map

For sale: a little piece of France for £740 - how a mayor's offer put Normandy village Champ du Boult on the map

The town hall is getting 200 enquiries a day, where previously the plots had received just two enquiries over eight years

Given the choice, many French children will opt to learn Spanish, Italian or Russian over German

French Education Minister sparks diplomatic situation with Germany by proposing to abolish 'two-language' classes for 11-year-olds

German Chancellor Angela Merkel believes the political friendship between the two countries will never be complete unless more youngsters from both nations speak both languages - and will raise the subject with French President François Hollande

Postcard from... Normandy

Oh, to be in Normandy now that April’s here. The apple trees are a mass of blossom. The finest grassland in the world is enamelled or, according to your taste, disfigured by the yellow splashes of rape fields.

Former Front National leader Jean-Marie Le Pen and his wealthy wife Jany in 2012

French far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen accused of holding £1.4m in undeclared Swiss bank account

If proven, the allegations could be devastating politically for the Front National's controversial 'president of honour', and highly embarrassing for his daughter, Marine, who replaced him as party leader

Alain Juppé is concerned the name change would help his political rival

French centre-right in revolt over Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to rename UMP as Les Republicains

Former president Nicolas Sarkozy faces a new obstacle to his return to power: growing opposition to his attempt to rename his centre-right party “Les Républicains”.

The Grand Palais in Paris will be transformed into a 4,000-seat cinema, with 44 double beds at the front

A summer of cinema and champagne in the city of love

From floating down the Seine to lying in a double bed, there are all suddenly sorts of novel ways to watch films

Gendarmes take part in research operations in the area of Grandpre, east of Reims, looking for the alleged kidnapper of 7-year-old girl Berenyss who was abducted on 23 April in Sancy, northeastern France, and found safe 8 hours later in Grandpre, some 120 kilometers away

French nationwide alarm system successful again after missing girl returned to parents

The policy of triggering emergency bulletins on all radio and TV programmes to sound the alert has worked each of the 14 times enacted

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