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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Nicolas Sarkozy is competing for the leadership of France’s centre-right opposition this weekend

Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Mr Sarkozy has returned from retirement to head off scandal and a formidable rival in Alain Juppé. But it is a big risk...

It has been reported that the student had evaded his kidnappers at Charles de Gaulle airport as he was about to be bundled on to a flight to China

Audacious North Korean kidnap plot foiled at Paris airport as 'Asian men' attempted to bundle student onto plane

Han, the son of executed senior North Korean official, is now thought to be living under French government protection

Julie Gayet was pictured with the French President, with the publication of the images breaking up his partnership

Hunt is on for phantom photographer who snapped Francois Hollande with his girlfriend Julie Gayet inside Elysee Palace gardens

Investigators have dismissed the possibility he picture was taken by a paparazzo with a long lens - or by a tiny drone

From left, Ian Hammerton, George Batts, Jim Radford and George Dangerfield recall the Normandy landings

Last Post sounds for Normandy Veterans’ Association – but their memories will live on...

...thanks to a video archive funded partly by Independent readers

Mickael dos Santos and Maxime Hauchard (right) are both from non-Muslim families

War with Isis: A Catholic convert and a pizza delivery man reveal the disturbing face of French jihadists

Maxime Hauchard and Mickael dos Santos were identified as part of a group seen cutting the throats of 12 captured Syrian pilots on an Isis video released this week

The Triangle Tower would be the third-highest tower of Paris

Paris mayor says building of the spectacular Triangle Tower will go ahead despite the city council rejecting plans

Anne Hidalgo says the French capital cannot afford to lose the jobs and business taxes that the new 180-metre high glass and steel pyramid will bring

‘Assassin’s Creed Unity’ portrays the French Revolution, but has it exaggerated the guilt of leader of the Revolution Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre?

French left loses its head over Robespierre game

Politicians claim portrayal of a leader of the Revolution as a barbarian is a capitalist plot

Mathematician Alexander Grothendieck

Greatest mathematician of the 20th century and the most important scientific mind you've never heard of: Alexander Grothendieck dies aged 86

Grothendieck lived in his later years as a reclusive farmer and ecologist

Postcard from... Sharjah

The food hall at Sharjah International Airport was like the staff canteen on the Star Ship Enterprise. All intelligent life forms in the galaxy were sitting down to dinner.

Jean de Loisy, Palais de Tokyo director, hides a needle in a haystack before an art performance based on the expression

Sven Sachsalber, the artist literally looking for a needle in a haystack

Earnest Italian called Sven explores futility in Parisian gallery, but is loath to talk about it

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A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served

Homeless Veterans appeal

Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served
Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing

Scarred by the bell

The downfall of the TV star charged with bar stabbing
Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Security breaches and overhyped start-ups dominated a year in which very little changed (save the size of your phone)
Cuba's golf revolution: But will the revolutionary nation take 'bourgeois' game to its heart?

Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
The Locked Room Mysteries: As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor Otto Penzler explains the rules of engagement

The Locked Room Mysteries

As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor explains the rules of engagement
Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

How I made myself Keane

Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
A look back at fashion in 2014: Wear in review

Wear in review

A look back at fashion in 2014
Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015. Might just one of them happen?

Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015

Might just one of them happen?
War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?