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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Moussa Coulibaly: Three French anti-terror soldiers stabbed on patrol outside Jewish radio station in Nice

Attacker has the same surname as one of the Paris attackers

Sophie Montel, French far-right National Front candidate, looks at a ballot box as she arrives at a polling station for the first round of a by-election in the 4th constituency of the Doubs

Doubs by-election: Far right tops poll in litmus test of French opinion after Charlie Hebdo attacks

The candidate for former President Nicolas Sarkozy’s centre right party was knocked out in the first round

Dominque Strauss-Kahn (back, centre) arriving for the start of a trial; he is accused of organising sex parties with prostitutes

'Orgies sans frontières': Strauss-Kahn appears in court on pimping charge

Lawyers claim allegations result from illegal tapping of DSK’s phone

Strauss-Kahn has been accused of 'a material act of pimping'

Strauss-Kahn's sex life in spotlight again as trial for 'pimping' reaches court

Lille trial will damage former IMF chief’s comeback hopes

France's education minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem said the boy’s school had reacted “entirely correctly”

Charlie Hebdo attack: War of ideas hots up as French police quiz eight-year-old

Boy claims: “I am not Charlie. I am with the terrorists”

Dieudonné arrives at court in Paris

Dieudonné trial: French comedian facing charges of inciting racial hatred for claiming Jewish radio presenter 'reminds me of the gas chambers'

He also faces a more serious charge of 'apology for terrorism', which could carry a prison sentence of up to seven years

Marion Maréchal-Le Pen has openly challenged her aunt's response to the recent terrorist attacks in France

Front National family feud? Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks

France's recent ordeal at the hands of jihadists might have been expected to provide an electoral boost to the FN. Instead, the crisis seems to have increased tensions at the top of Europe's most powerful far-right movement

Francoise Bettencourt Meyers (C), daughter of France's richest woman, L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, leaves a criminal court in Bordeaux on the first day of the trial of ten people close to Bettencourt

Bettencourt affair suspect attempts to take his own life ahead of Bordeaux trial

He is one of ten men who are accused of defrauding L’Oréal's chief shareholder, Liliane Bettencourt, 92,  by 'abusing her mental weakness'

The plaque commemorating the battle of Pegasus Bridge

A bridge too far? The battle for France's Pegasus Bridge is emerging, with a Briton at the centre

Tony Berridge, whose father took part in the D-Day landings, faces a bizarre legal wrangle involving the Pegasus Bridge to prove who owns his medals

French Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem arrives at the Matignon Hotel in Paris for a meeting on January 22, 2015.

French children to receive intensive training in 'republican values' and respect for religions

From next September, all children and their parents will have to sign a 'Secularity Charter' which forbids racial or sexist behaviour

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The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
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China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
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Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

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