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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Postcard from... Paris

The French exam season is off to a quarrelsome start. A teacher tweeted the philosophy questions in the Baccalaureate before all the candidates had opened their exam papers – and received a threatening tweet in return from the education ministry.

Helena Costa said she was hired by Clermont Foot to attract publicity but would have no real authority

Helena Costa resigns: Female manager hits back at Clermont Foot 63, saying French football club only hired me as a ‘face’

36-year-old reveals she quit after the club signed new players without her knowledge

Dr Nicolas Bonnemaison took decisions that were medically sound

Nicolas Bonnemaison trial: French doctor who denied ‘playing God’ is cleared of patient euthanasia

The courtroom burst into applause when the verdict was announced after three hours of deliberation

Marine Le Pen’s political allies lost out on €22m of EU funds

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen blames Ukip's Nigel Farage of ‘political dirty tricks’ as she fails to form bloc in EU Parliament

France's Front National fell short in their attempts to recruit hard-right, Eurosceptic MEPs from the seven nationalities they needed to form a political group in Strasbourg

Head Coach of Clermont Foot 63, Portuguese Helena Costa attends a news conference, in Clermont Ferrand, France. Costa decide to leave Clermont Foot 63 before the first training session

Helena Costa resigns: First female coach of professional men's team quits – on her first day in the job

Club President says Costa's sudden change of heart was down to the fact 'she is a woman'

Francois Lambert, the nephew of Vincent Lambert, addressing the media in February. His uncle, 38, has been in a coma and on artificial life support since a road accident in 2008

Life or death? France split on passive euthanasia ruling for vegetative fireman Vincent Lambert

In the midst of an anguished national debate on the frontier between compassion and murder, 17 French judges face a life or death decision tomorrow.

The FN’s Marine Le Pen could be left re-faced

Marine Le Pen faces last-minute scramble to secure anti-EU partnership

Marine Le Pen triumphed in the European elections in France, but may be the loser in a scramble to form anti-EU groups in the EU assembly.

Postcard from... Paris

What a monstrous place. If you want to know why the French had a revolution, go to the Palace of Versailles.

There is no evidence that Nicolas Sarkozy was aware that gross overspending by his campaign team

Nicolas Sarkozy's campaign staff concealed €17m of illegal overspending with 'fake bills'

Former President tries to turn scandal to his advantage, but opponents say it is inconceivable he was not aware

Lucky to survive: Constant updates on Michael Schumacher’s condition over-rode most other news

Michael Schumacher: F1 driver unlikely to make full recovery despite coming out of coma say medical experts

The retired racing driver has woken up from his coma

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The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

With only six per cent of the US population of these amazing big cats held in zoos, the Zanesville incident in 2011 was inevitable
Samuel Beckett's biographer reveals secrets of the writer's time as a French Resistance spy

How Samuel Beckett became a French Resistance spy

As this year's Samuel Beckett festival opens in Enniskillen, James Knowlson, recalls how the Irish writer risked his life for liberty and narrowly escaped capture by the Gestapo
We will remember them: relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War

We will remember them

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Kodak's last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Director J J Abrams and a few digital refuseniks shoot movies on film. Simon Usborne wonders what the fuss is about
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Acting in video games gets a makeover

David Crookes meets two of the genre's most popular voices
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Could smartphones soon be diagnosing diseases?

Health Kit and Google Fit have been described as "the beginning of a health revolution"
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Can we learn to love Ryanair again?

Four recent travellers give their verdicts on the carrier's improved customer service
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Spanx launches range of jeans

The jeans come in two styles, multiple cuts and three washes and will go on sale in the UK in October
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Listen to your favourite tracks with this selection, offering everything from lambskin earmuffs to stainless steel
Commonwealth Games 2014: David Millar ready to serve up gold for his beloved Scotland in the end

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David Millar ready to serve up gold for his beloved Scotland in the end
UCI Mountain Bike World Cup 2014: Downhill all the way to the top for the Atherton siblings

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Downhill all the way to the top for the Atherton siblings
Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star