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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Five days after her far right party underperformed in French local elections, Ms Le Pen received a double blow to her credibility yesterday from hacked Kremlin text messages and a Holocaust-minimising outburst by her father.

Marine Le Pen battered by controversy as details emerge of hacked Kremlin text messages and holocaust-minimising from her father

Ms Le Pen condemned her father’s words with a degree of ferocity that she has never employed against him before

A man buys a copy of the first edition of Charlie Hebdo magazine following the attacks

Charlie Hebdo has prospered since the massacre at its offices - but the €30m raked in since has resulted in public rows and recriminations

Before the attack, the debt-ridden satirical magazine had a weekly circulation of 30,000. Its first post-massacre edition, two weeks later, sold seven million copies worldwide

Andreas Lubitz runs the Airport Race half marathon in Hamburg on 13 September 2009

Germanwings plane crash video that reveals chaos in moments before disaster is a fake, insist investigators into French Alps tragedy

'If people at the site have picked up mobile phones, I am not aware of it'

Nicolas Sarkozy is suspected of illegally allowing his centre-right party to pay a €360,000 fine which was imposed on him personally

Nicolas Sarkozy faces new multiple accusations of fraud over campaign spending

Days after he claimed local elections 'comeback' triumph, former French President endures lengthy questioning by magistrates

The third generation of high-speed lines would – in theory – double France’s 2,000km network

France rejects TGV extension plans - which could be bad news for Britain's proposed HS2 high-speed rail network

Public inquiry concludes that the new lines were too costly and would benefit only rich people and large cities - arguments similar to those used by opponents of HS2 in the UK

French emergency rescue services working at the crash site

Germanwings crash: Lufthansa reveals co-pilot Andreas Lubitz informed his flight school he had suffered a 'serious depressive episode' in 2009

Official report will also recommend new locking systems and procedures for cockpits in move to prevent a repeat of last week's presumed suicide and mass-murder by co-pilot Andreas Lubitz

Nicolas Sarkozy’s centre-right party scored a crushing victory in French local elections tonight, strengthening the former president’s chances of a comeback in 2017

Nicolas Sarkozy on course for a return after centre-right UMP wins crushing victory in French local elections

Ruling Socialists lose about half of the 61 départements or counties they had controlled

Search and rescue workers collecting debris at the crash site in the French Alps

Germanwings plane crash: Pilot ‘had a sick note’ for the day he killed 149 people

German prosecutors said they had found torn-up doctor’s notes at Andreas Lubitz’s home

Flags symbolise the nationalities of victims as relatives gather for a ceremony near the crash site

Germanwings crash: Andreas Lubitz - the killer co-pilot who deliberately flew 150 people to their deaths

Black box suggests 28-year-old locked out colleague before descent as airline says it does not have 'slightest clue' what might have caused him to fly plane into a mountain

Germanwings crash: Descent may have been 'deliberate, suicidal choice' by pilot, claims experts

French aviation experts say a conscious decision must have been made to place the aircraft on a gentle downward trajectory

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NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own