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 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.

Not your typical French Socialist, Emmanuel Macron has been a Rothschild banker and an aide at the Élysée Palace

France's new Minister of the Economy Emmanuel Macron described by left-wingers as a 'copy-and-paste Tony Blair'

The Socialist Party has branded President Hollande’s new minister with its worst insult

Christine Lagarde leaving the French Republic Justice Court (CJR) in Paris, on Tuesday night

IMF chief Christine Lagarde formally accused of negligence by French fraud investigators

The IMF chief Christine Lagarde has vowed to fight a formal accusation that she “acted negligently” and permitted an alleged €400m fraud when she was French finance minister in 2008.

François Hollande and his new government will be trying to reinvent a French left and centre-left

French government reshuffle: President Hollande ejects opponents of economic reforms in new ‘clarified’ cabinet

Vocal opponents of austerity have been purged, but will this be the last throw of the dice for the least popular administration since 1958?

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A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London