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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Nicolas Bonnemaison (centre) leaving the Pau courthouse with his wife Julie on the first day of his trial

Hero or villain? ‘Poison doctor’ trial reopens French debate on euthanasia

Dr Nicolas Bonnemaison is accused of poisoning seven patients who were hours from death in order to spare them intense suffering

Mr Le Pen has accused his daughter of making the Front National too conventional

Sparks fly between Jean-Marie Le Pen and his 'moderate' daughter Marine after 'oven' comment

France was spellbound on Monday by a spectacular public row between the Front National (FN) leader Marine Le Pen and her father, Jean-Marie, the party’s founder, over apparent anti-Semitism.

A photo taken on June 9, 2014 shows 'love padlocks' attached to a fence of the Pont des Arts bridge over the Seine river in Paris

Part of Paris bridge collapses under weight of 'love locks' left by tourists

A section of the metal mesh on the Pont des Arts footbridge over the Seine in Paris collapsed last night under the weight of the thousands of "love-locks"

French ‘poilus’ at Chemin des Dames, where the bloody Nivelle Offensive of 1917 pushed many into mutiny

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The Nivelle offensive - when the lambs refused to march to the slaughter

The catastrophic Nivelle offensive saw 40,000 Frenchmen killed in three days. Shortly afterwards, the war’s most significant mutinies began
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh , Prime Minister manuel valls, Queen Elizabeth ll, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at the Bayeux Cemetary during D-Day 70 Commemorations

D-Day 70th anniversary: Queen leads British commemoration

Over 300 British veterans of the battle of Normandy – one in four of those still alive – joined the Queen in a war cemetery in Bayeux today to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

WW2 veteran Fred Holborn, from the Fleet Air Arm, looks at British Legion Union flags carrying thank you messages planted in the sand on Gold beach

D-Day 70th anniversary: Seven decades on, a band of brothers meet to pay their respects one last time

As world leaders head to Sword Beach, John Lichfield reports on the private ceremony being ushered into the pages of history

Postcard from... Normandy

Normandy has been invaded. Every time you turn a bend, you almost run into a military vehicle. Some are smart new French armoured cars. Most are old American jeeps and trucks, driven by Dutch or Swiss enthusiasts.

Ruins of the church of Aunay-sur-Odon in late 1944

D-Day 70th anniversary: ‘I could see the town, my town, burning behind us’

Seventy years after the invasion, Allied bombing that killed 10,000 civilians is being questioned

Fabien Cousteau (left), grandson of Jacques Cousteau (far left) prepares to spend 31 days in an underwater laboratory

Fabien Cousteau aims to beat grandfather’s underwater record by staying submerged for 31 days

Filmmaker and sea explorer Fabien Cousteau is attempting to outdo his celebrated grandfather by staying 31 days underwater without surfacing.

A federal crime scene investigator at the scene outside the Jewish Museum in Brussels

French authorities arrest four alleged jihadists amidst fears Syrian conflict is spreading

French police arrested four alleged jihadist organisers today as the record of the man suspected of the museum attack in Brussels deepened fears of terrorist contagion from the Syrian civil war.

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game
There's a Good Girl exhibition: How female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising

In pictures: There's a Good Girl exhibition

The new exhibition reveals how female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising
UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover - from advent calendars to doll's houses

UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover

It worked with cupcakes, doughnuts and macarons so no wonder someone decided to revamp the humble biscuit
Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

It's no surprise that the building game born in Sweden in 2009 and now played by millions, has imitators keen to construct their own mega money-spinner
The King's School is way ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology

Staying connected: The King's School

The school in Cambridgeshire is ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology. Richard Garner discovers how teachers and pupils stay connected
Christmas 2014: 23 best women's perfumes

Festively fragrant: the best women's perfumes

Give a loved one a luxe fragrance this year or treat yourself to a sensual pick-me-up
Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Drifting and forgotten - turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Our partner charities help veterans on the brink – and get them back on their feet
Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

Putin’s far-right ambition

Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

Escape to Moominland

What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?
Nightclubbing with Richard Young: The story behind his latest book of celebrity photographs

24-Hour party person

Photographer Richard Young has been snapping celebrities at play for 40 years. As his latest book is released, he reveals that it wasn’t all fun and games
Michelle Obama's school dinners: America’s children have a message for the First Lady

A taste for rebellion

US children have started an online protest against Michelle Obama’s drive for healthy school meals by posting photos of their lunches