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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'Lost' Picassos worth £50m returned to family after trial of handyman

A lawyer representing Picasso’s children and grandchildren said couple were a 'front' for international art thieves

Pablo Picasso's 'Die schlummernde Trinkerin' ('The Dozed Drinker')

Picasso's handyman ordered to return £50 million 'lost' artworks

The painter’s handyman and his wife (below) claimed that they had been given the paintings and sketches by Picasso’s wife, Jaqueline in the early 1970s

Picture of a police van taken on December 22, 2012 in Paris.

Dead bodies of five babies found at house in southern France

A man called the police after he found the body of a newborn baby in the freezer at his family home

Front-runner: FN candidate Marion Maréchal-Le Pen denies wanting to campaign as a standard-bearer for a harder line of nationalism

Marion Maréchal-Le Pen: The poster-girl of the French far-right is more extreme than her aunt and bigger box office than her grandfather

As France goes to the polls, Marine Le Pen's party, the Front National, looks set to do well. And key to that rise has been Le Pen's fiery niece Marion, the FN's rising star. John Lichfield meets her on the stump and asks if she is more than a marionette
rench comedian Dieudonne gesturing as he leaves his trial at the courthouse in Paris last month

French comedian Dieudonne convicted for second time – in two days

€22,500 fine for predicting a Jewish radio presenter would end up in the gas chamber follows Wednesday's two months suspended prison sentence for Charlie Hebdo joke

French writer Muriel Barbery: 'I was terrified that by thinking too much about my own work I would kill a kind of innocence in myself'

Muriel Barbery: Reclusive writer of The Elegance of the Hedgehog returns after eight-year hibernation with new children's tale The Life of Elves

Author says her low profile since 2007 was to 'protect' herself from the expectations of publishers and readers, and because she had 'lost the desire to write'

Intelligence service believe the fighter (R) was Sabri Essid and are investigating whether the boy is his stepson

Isis child militant: Boy seen 'shooting Israeli-Arab spy' in execution video recognised by schoolmates in Toulouse

The boy, who left France last year, is believed to be 12 years old

French former First Lady Valerie Trierweiler is at a book signing of her book, 'Thank You For This Moment: A Story Of Love, Power And Betrayal'.
One ‘Le Monde’ writer wondered how much more could be said if Laurent Blanc’s side made the final

Back in France the praise is heaped on 'heroic' PSG after Chelsea win

View from France: French clubs are no longer junior partners in the Champions League

Jean Vanier founded a network of support groups for mentally disabled children

Jean Vanier: Philosopher who dislikes the 'religion' of success wins £1.2m Templeton Prize for promoting spiritual awareness

The 86-year-old said he would give the prize money to the network of support groups he founded for mentally disabled children

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Why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
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Anthea Gerrie, raised on meaty specimens from the waters around Maine, reveals how to cook up an affordable feast
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Britain's mild winters could be numbered

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
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Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Donation brings total raised by Homeless Veterans campaign to at least £1.25m
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