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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Julie Gayet was pictured with the French President, with the publication of the images breaking up his partnership

Hunt is on for phantom photographer who snapped Francois Hollande with his girlfriend Julie Gayet inside Elysee Palace gardens

Investigators have dismissed the possibility he picture was taken by a paparazzo with a long lens - or by a tiny drone

From left, Ian Hammerton, George Batts, Jim Radford and George Dangerfield recall the Normandy landings

Last Post sounds for Normandy Veterans’ Association – but their memories will live on...

...thanks to a video archive funded partly by Independent readers

Mickael dos Santos and Maxime Hauchard (right) are both from non-Muslim families

War with Isis: A Catholic convert and a pizza delivery man reveal the disturbing face of French jihadists

Maxime Hauchard and Mickael dos Santos were identified as part of a group seen cutting the throats of 12 captured Syrian pilots on an Isis video released this week

The Triangle Tower would be the third-highest tower of Paris

Paris mayor says building of the spectacular Triangle Tower will go ahead despite the city council rejecting plans

Anne Hidalgo says the French capital cannot afford to lose the jobs and business taxes that the new 180-metre high glass and steel pyramid will bring

‘Assassin’s Creed Unity’ portrays the French Revolution, but has it exaggerated the guilt of leader of the Revolution Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre?

French left loses its head over Robespierre game

Politicians claim portrayal of a leader of the Revolution as a barbarian is a capitalist plot

Mathematician Alexander Grothendieck

Greatest mathematician of the 20th century and the most important scientific mind you've never heard of: Alexander Grothendieck dies aged 86

Grothendieck lived in his later years as a reclusive farmer and ecologist

Postcard from... Sharjah

The food hall at Sharjah International Airport was like the staff canteen on the Star Ship Enterprise. All intelligent life forms in the galaxy were sitting down to dinner.

Jean de Loisy, Palais de Tokyo director, hides a needle in a haystack before an art performance based on the expression

Sven Sachsalber, the artist literally looking for a needle in a haystack

Earnest Italian called Sven explores futility in Parisian gallery, but is loath to talk about it

Former Prime Minister François Fillon, left, with Nicolas Sarkozy, accused the aide of lying
The three people arrested preparing to fly a drone over the nuclear plant at Belleville-sur-Loire are not thought to be part of the team that co-ordinated five flights in six hours

French government on high alert after unexplained drone flights over nuclear power stations

Campaign by anti-nuclear campaigners is considered the most likely explanation

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War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable
Living with Alzheimer's: What is it really like to be diagnosed with early-onset dementia?

What is it like to live with Alzheimer's?

Depicting early-onset Alzheimer's, the film 'Still Alice' had a profound effect on Joy Watson, who lives with the illness. She tells Kate Hilpern how she's coped with the diagnosis
The Internet of Things: Meet the British salesman who gave real-world items a virtual life

Setting in motion the Internet of Things

British salesman Kevin Ashton gave real-world items a virtual life
Election 2015: Latest polling reveals Tories and Labour on course to win the same number of seats - with the SNP holding the balance of power

Election 2015: A dead heat between Mr Bean and Dick Dastardly!

Lord Ashcroft reveals latest polling – and which character voters associate with each leader
Audiences queue up for 'true stories told live' as cult competition The Moth goes global

Cult competition The Moth goes global

The non-profit 'slam storytelling' competition was founded in 1997 by the novelist George Dawes Green and has seen Malcolm Gladwell, Salman Rushdie and Molly Ringwald all take their turn at the mic
Pakistani women come out fighting: A hard-hitting play focuses on female Muslim boxers

Pakistani women come out fighting

Hard-hitting new play 'No Guts, No Heart, No Glory' focuses on female Muslim boxers
Leonora Carrington transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star

Surreal deal: Leonora Carrington

The artist transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star
LGBT History Month: Pupils discuss topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage

Education: LGBT History Month

Pupils have been discussing topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage
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Go bold this season: 11 best gel eyeliners

Use an ink pot eyeliner to go bold on the eyes with this season's feline flicked winged liner
Cricket World Cup 2015: Tournament runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

Cricket World Cup runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

The tournament has reached its halfway mark and scores of 300 and amazing catches abound. One thing never changes, though – everyone loves beating England
Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Heptathlete ready to jump at first major title

Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Ready to jump at first major title

After her 2014 was ruined by injury, 21-year-old Briton is leading pentathlete going into this week’s European Indoors. Now she intends to turn form into gold
Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot