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 black box from the Germanwings Airbus A320

Germanwings crash: Black box reveals final words of pilots on board doomed Airbus flight

As leaders of Germany, Spain and France visit the crash site, three Britons are revealed to be among the 150 dead

Search and rescue personnel at the crash site of the Germanwings Airbus A320 in the French Alps

Germanwings plane crash: Airbus A320 glide to destruction 'took 18 minutes not 8'

French officials say events 'between 10.30am and 10.31am' will prove 'crucial' to discovering what went wrong

Search and rescue personnel at the crash site of the Germanwings Airbus A320 in the French Alps

Germanwings crash: Rescuers discover a 'picture of horror' on French mountainside

Airbus A320 sent out no distress signal before flying headlong into the side of a 9,000ft peak

French emergency services workers gather in Seyne, south-eastern France, near the site where a Germanwings Airbus A320 crashed in the French Alps

Germanwings Airbus A320 plane crash: Eyewitnesses recall seeing aircraft skim the mountain tops before it came down

Witness recalls seeing the aircraft and thinking: 'that’s not going to make it over the mountains'

Screengrab from the flight tracking website Flightaware, appearing to show the path of the Barcelona-Dusseldorf flight

French Alps plane crash: Germanwings crew 'did not send distress signal'

Officials initially thought the crew on the Airbus A320 issued a mayday signal 46 minutes after take-off

Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right Front National party, leaves a polling station after voting in her home town of Henin-Beaumont, in the Pas-de-Calais area of northern France

Sarkozy staves off the French far right

Marine Le Pen's Front National makes sweeping gains in local elections but is beaten into third place by the centre-right UMP party of former President Nicolas Sarkozy and the Socialists

The French government has triggered a pollution control law which allows it to ban half the private cars in the greater Paris area

French government launches new law allowing it to ban half the private cars in Paris

Cars with registrations ending in odd numbers will be allowed to drive on Monday, with even-numbered cars on Tuesday if pollution levels don't change

'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

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The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
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How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
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Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
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The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
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Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
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Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
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Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
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The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
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How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
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For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
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The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
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We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
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I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
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