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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French gendarmes secure the roundabout near the scene of a hostage taking at an industrial zone in Dammartin-en-Goele, northeast of Paris

Paris terror attacks: At least six members of terror cell may be at large, police warn

France has sent 5,000 police to Jewish schools

A woman has taped her mouth with the word Freedom as she gathers with several thousand people in solidarity with victims of two terrorist attacks in Paris

Paris march: Political divide exposed as politicians who repress freedom of speech join rally

The 44 international representatives included the Turkish Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu; the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov; the Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban; and President Ali Bongo of Gabon

Paris march: Global leaders join 'unprecedented' rally in largest demonstration in history of France

Over 5,000 police and soldiers deployed as part of security measures for the demonstration

Hundreds of thousands of people march during a rally along the sea front in the Mediterranean city of Nice

Paris attacks: Threat high as French march 'for freedom and tolerance'

World leaders will join more than a million people on the streets of Paris today

Paris attackers interview with French TV station: 'We are defenders of the Prophet... We took vengeance', said Charlie Hebdo killer Cherif Kouachi

Two of the terrorists killed on Friday evening gave chilling telephone interviews to a French TV station while they were under police siege.

Members of the French police special forces evacuate the hostages including a child (C) after launching the assault at a kosher grocery store in Porte de Vincennes, eastern Paris

Paris kosher store assault: Gunman killed as police act swiftly to end siege in central Paris

Police stormed the kosher grocers in eastern Paris to end the siege

A painting of the 'Marianne', the national symbol of the French Republic is placed between candles to commemorate the victims killed in an attack at the Paris offices of the weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo, in front of the French Embassy in Berlin

Charlie Hebdo: After France’s 9/11, this land will never be the same again

The dignity and defiance of the 'Je suis Charlie' rallies has been impressive, but there are still question marks hanging over France's unity

Chérif Kouachi (left) and his older brother Said are the chief suspects for the attack

Charlie Hebdo shooters: The 'has-been' jihadis considered too old for security surveillance

Chérif, and therefore Said, were overlooked as they belonged to a previous generation of home-grown extremists

Journalists from the press agency Agence France-Presse observe a minute’s silent at their headquarters in Paris yesterday

Charlie Hebdo attacks: The massacre has brought out the best - and worst - of France

There are several poisonous, mutually sustaining extremes in French politics

Armed gunmen face police officers near the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris

Charlie Hebdo attack: The gunmen burst into the offices, opened fire, and cried 'vengeance'

When they left 20 members of the Charlie Hebdo team were dead or severely wounded

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