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. In 1999, he was the UK press Awards Foreign Reporter of the year.

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A farmer works the field in the Domaine du Château de Gevrey-Chambertin vineyard in Burgundy

Unesco recognises the 'exceptional value' of a glass of red Burgundy - but other winemakers may not join in the applause

More than 1,000 tiny vineyards credited for their human achievement

Pasqua, left, in 2009 with the then French President Nicolas Sarkozy, to whom he was an early mentor

Charles Pasqua: Resistance fighter who went into politics and became a leading and controversial figure of the French Right

In the 1970s and 1980s he was Jacques Chirac’s right-hand man

Eric Vercoutre, leader of French union Syndicat Maritime Nord, has divided opinion among his members while causing major cross-Channel disruption

Eric Vercoutre: The controversial Calais union leader who has divided opinion while causing major cross-Channel disruption

Vercoutre has two convictions for violence in the course of his union activities

Former President Nicolas Sarkozy in puppet form

Les Guignols de L'Info: Fans launch online petition after French cable channel announces plans to end much loved satirical puppet show

The Gallic version of Spitting Image is famed for its insolence and mockery

People play football amongst lorries parked on both carriageways of the M20 in Ashford, Kent

Calais strike: Huge tailbacks on both sides of Channel as French ferry workers block port for third day running

Lorries queue on both sides of the Channel Tunnel while industrial row unresolved

Riot police officers stand by an overthrown car during a taxi drivers demonstration in Paris, France. French authorities took two Uber managers into custody for questioning over 'illicit activity' involving its low-cost service. The detentions came amid rising tensions between the government and the ride-hailing company, which culminated in a violence-marred taxi strike that blocked roads around the country

French police arrest two top Uber executives after Paris cab riots

The timing of the arrests will be interpreted as an attempt to appease registered taxi drivers

The 1867 Gare du Nord train station, which is to get an expensive makeover

Gare du Nord: A new dawn for Paris's violent, ramshackle gateway to Britain

Over the next eight years, the oldest station in the French capital is to be expanded and completely remodelled

French police secure the entrance of the Air Products company in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, near Lyon

France beheading attack: Yassin Salhi tells investigators he murdered and beheaded his boss because of 'problems at home and at work'

But investigators remain convinced that Mr Salhi’s links with radical Islam, including Isis, also motivated the attack

A minute’s silence for Hervé Cornara at Saint-Quentin-Fallavier on Saturday

France beheading: 'It is not a question of if there will be another attack, but when' - French PM

Manuel Valls urged the nation not so seek revenge for 'grotesque' killing

French police secure the entrance of the Air Products company in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, near Lyon, central eastern France

France attack: Public opinion has been inflamed

The nation was just beginning to recover its breath after the Charlie Hebdo killings

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