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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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.

French television companies and film-makers are concerned that Netflix will be able to escape rules on minimum French-language content by basing its European operations in the Netherlands

Netflix arrives in France – but gets poor reception

‘Television of the future’ up against one of the world’s most heavily regulated media markets

Islamic State: International pledge to use any means necessary to defeat Isis ‘throat-slitters’

Twenty-six nations, including Russia, China and 10 Arab states, pledged yesterday to fight the terrorist group Isis “by any means necessary”.

The meeting, called by President François Hollande, will consider strategy and allot roles, ranging from air-strikes to humanitarian aid

Islamic State: Countries meet in Paris to discuss anti-Isis global strategy

Iran has not been invited and has dismissed the Paris meeting as a 'show conference'

It’s now 1245, and the walls of Guédelon are rising

In Burgundy, John Lichfield watches the first truly medieval castle in 500 years take shape

Thomas Thévenoud hadn’t paid taxes or rent for years

Could former trade minister Thomas Thévenoud be France’s most despised man?

Thomas Thévenoud has leapt from near obscurity

French Education minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem has been besieged by racist and sexist comments and malicious rumours on social media

France’s Moroccan-born education minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem fights back against slurs

Two new false rumours about Ms Vallaud-Belkacem are being pedalled this week by right-wing websites and on Facebook and Twitter

Jérôme Kerviel hugs a member of his support committee after he left jail near Paris

French rogue trader Jérôme Kerviel is released from prison

Former Société Générale trader has served five months of this three-year jail term, and has been fitted with an electronic tag

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In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
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Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world
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Despite PR disaster of free U2 album
Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
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Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
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Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
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Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
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A shot in the dark

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New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
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Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
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Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments