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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The Champs Elysées has a new set of Christmas lights. Not before time. The old ones resembled the sad, tangled strings which are dug out of cupboards by millions of households each year.

François Hollande, at the Elysée Palace yesterday, spoke out after attacks on Jews in France almost doubled in one year

Brutal anti-Semitic rape and robbery ‘an assault on all France holds dear’, says President François Hollande

A young Jewish couple were tied up and robbed at gunpoint and the young woman was gang raped, authorities said

Sophie Serrano (left) and her daughter Manon Serrano leave court in Grasse, southern France, after a hearing for damages

French families sue clinic and staff for €12m over suffering caused by cot blunder that saw baby girls swapped at birth

The changelings were 10 years old before the mistake was revealed

Members of French Parliament applaud after lawmakers voted in favour of recognising Palestine as a state

Palestinian statehood: French national assembly votes overwhelmingly to ask government to recognise Palestine

Support for the resolution is growing across Europe

A member of Ussud Al-Anbar, a group that is affiliated to Isis, holding up the black and white Islamist flag in Iraq’s Anbar province

Jihad isn't all it's cracked up to be, say disgruntled Isis recruits

Messages home contrast bizarrely with the image of implacable and hard-hearted jihad peddled by terror websites

A page of the newly discovered Shakespeare's original first folio is seen in the Saint-Omer library, northern France

Discovery of ‘lost’ Shakespeare First Folio revives claim playwright was secret Catholic

The discovery in France of a copy of the Bard’s First Folio has fuelled speculation that he was a Papist

Just 10 per cent of those polled saw Nicolas Sarkozy as ‘honest’ and 18 per cent as ‘likeable’

Nicolas Sarkozy returns: Former French President claims 'little victory' as UMP party leader but Alain Juppé is real winner

Mr Sarkozy was counting on a crushing victory, not just a comfortable one

‘We tried in Spain, Italy, the United States, Asia and Russia,’ Marine Le Pen said of the initial loan of €9m. ‘We grabbed the first offer that we got’

€40m of Russian cash will allow Marine Le Pen’s Front National to take advantage of rivals’ woes in upcoming regional and presidential elections

John Lichfield explains what difference the money could make for the far-right party

Nicolas Sarkozy is competing for the leadership of France’s centre-right opposition this weekend

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?

Mr Sarkozy has returned from retirement to head off scandal and a formidable rival in Alain Juppé. But it is a big risk...

It has been reported that the student had evaded his kidnappers at Charles de Gaulle airport as he was about to be bundled on to a flight to China

Audacious North Korean kidnap plot foiled at Paris airport as 'Asian men' attempted to bundle student onto plane

Han, the son of executed senior North Korean official, is now thought to be living under French government protection

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