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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Strauss-Kahn has been accused of 'a material act of pimping'

Strauss-Kahn's sex life in spotlight again as trial for 'pimping' reaches court

Lille trial will damage former IMF chief’s comeback hopes

France's education minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem said the boy’s school had reacted “entirely correctly”

Charlie Hebdo attack: War of ideas hots up as French police quiz eight-year-old

Boy claims: “I am not Charlie. I am with the terrorists”

Dieudonné arrives at court in Paris

Dieudonné trial: French comedian facing charges of inciting racial hatred for claiming Jewish radio presenter 'reminds me of the gas chambers'

He also faces a more serious charge of 'apology for terrorism', which could carry a prison sentence of up to seven years

Marion Maréchal-Le Pen has openly challenged her aunt's response to the recent terrorist attacks in France

Front National family feud? Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks

France's recent ordeal at the hands of jihadists might have been expected to provide an electoral boost to the FN. Instead, the crisis seems to have increased tensions at the top of Europe's most powerful far-right movement

Francoise Bettencourt Meyers (C), daughter of France's richest woman, L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, leaves a criminal court in Bordeaux on the first day of the trial of ten people close to Bettencourt

Bettencourt affair suspect attempts to take his own life ahead of Bordeaux trial

He is one of ten men who are accused of defrauding L’Oréal's chief shareholder, Liliane Bettencourt, 92,  by 'abusing her mental weakness'

The plaque commemorating the battle of Pegasus Bridge

A bridge too far? The battle for France's Pegasus Bridge is emerging, with a Briton at the centre

Tony Berridge, whose father took part in the D-Day landings, faces a bizarre legal wrangle involving the Pegasus Bridge to prove who owns his medals

French Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem arrives at the Matignon Hotel in Paris for a meeting on January 22, 2015.

French children to receive intensive training in 'republican values' and respect for religions

From next September, all children and their parents will have to sign a 'Secularity Charter' which forbids racial or sexist behaviour

Karim Miské: 'The Charlie Hebdo terror echoed my book Arab Jazz'

The more Karim Miské read about the men who terrorised Paris, the more they seemed like characters from his new book
Troops patrol in Paris the day after the terror attack at Charlie hebdo's offices

French Prime Minister announces 736m euros to combat terrorism in wake of Charlie Hebdo attacks

France estimates the number of jihadist activists, sympathisers and fellow-travellers in the country at '3,000 people'

An aerial view shot taken from a helicopter shows people attending a mass rally against French magazine Charlie Hebdo in Grozny, Chechnya

Five Chechens with explosives arrested in France might be 'gangsters', not terrorists

The five men were 'not known' to anti-terrorist police, he said, and appeared more to fit the profile of people involved in organised crime

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
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Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee