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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A homeless woman from the village of Pervomayskoe

Islamic State: French jihadist holding Western hostages is also suspected of murders at Jewish museum in Brussels

French born Mehdi Nemmouche has been identified by former captives

'Quenelle' comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala may face prosecution over sketch about Isis executions

The anti-Semitic French comedian came to international attention in December when the footballer Nicolas Anelka performed Dieudonné’s trademark gesture, the quenelle

Migrants queue to receive their daily supply of a hot meal in Calais

Calais heading for crisis: Migrant problem threatens to escalate, and neither France nor Britain seem able – or willing – to sort it out

As 200 desperate migrants attempt to storm their way on to a P&O ferry to Britain, John Lichfield reports from a mini-UN of conflict and oppression

A French Mistral-class helicopter assault ship

Ukraine crisis: France caves in and suspends €600m warship deal with Russia

President Hollande's hand forced by ongoing Russian intervention in eastern Ukraine

In her book, Valérie Trierweiler says that she tried to take an overdose of sleeping pills

Valerie Trierweiler tried to take sleeping pills overdose following Hollande affair revelations

The former French First Lady will tomorrow release a book about her life at the Elysée Palace, and some explosive excerpts have already been released

File: A cross-channel ferry leaving Calais for Dover in 2012

Channel ferry crossings from Britain to France could be 'blocked' over Calais migrant row

French politicians are threatening drastic action if Britain does not do more to help with would-be British asylum seekers

Julie Gayet made a criminal complaint against two Closer editors

Julie Gayet wins feeble judgement against Closer

The actress Julie Gayet has won a criminal case against two senior executives of Closer magazine for invasion of her private life during its coverage of her alleged love affair with the French president, François Hollande.

The girl was arrested at Nice airport in southern France en route to Turkey

Suspected 16-year-old wannabe jihadist arrested en route to Syria

Female French teenager was detained in Nice after a tip-off from Turkish Airlines

Four bodies including a child found in Paris apartment block blast

Police with sniffer dogs also found two residents alive under debris and they were then freed by firefighters

Postcard from... Paris

Paris is miserable in the rain. Water cascades from balconies. Streets turn into torrents. Motorists seem to take delight in splashing pedestrians.

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Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

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Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
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Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
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A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
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His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
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Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
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Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
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Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
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Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
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How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
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Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam