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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The French President spoke with Barack Obama to discuss reports that the US spied on him and two predecessors

Hollande demands assurance from Obama that US is not spying on him anymore in wake of new WikiLeaks 'revelations'

'It is like finding out that a partner has been unfaithful to you but you remain in love,' claimed one senior French official

French President Francois Hollande speaks during a media conference at an EU summit in Brussels. WikiLeaks published documents on Tuesday, that it says show the US National Security Agency eavesdropped on the last three French presidents.

America spied on three French presidents, says Wikileaks

One of the top leaked communiques appeared to show that France's president had arranged secret talks with German opposition without the knowledge of Angela Merkel

Patrick Kanner, French Youth Minister

French Youth Minister sets out law to ban elderly politicians from clinging on to power into old age

Patrick Kanner is 'interested' in a plan to impose a three-term limit and a maximum age of 70 on all elected positions, as well as reducing the voting age from 18 to 16

Dominique Strauss-Kahn: ‘simple libertine activity’

Dominique Strauss-Kahn joins Twitter to announce his comeback, tells the world 'Jack is back'

Within a matter of hours, @dstrausskahn has accumulated 21,000 followers.

Migrants in Calais take part in World Refugee Day protests

Calais' migrant shanty town to be provided with water and electricity by French government

Plan for 'New Jungle' likely to anger British Government, 13 years after Sangatte's closure

The late sun of the day lights 'La Samaritaine' sign near Pont-Neuf, Paris, France

La Samaritaine: Court ruling on derelict Parisian Art Nouveau landmark could change the city's profile

Disused former department store gets go-ahead to be transformed into luxury hotel and supermarket

A practice drill in the allied bivouac camp yesterday; there will be 5,000 official re-enactors participating over the weekend

The Battle of Waterloo: Joining army of re-enacters remembering one of history's most famous military turning-points

On a battlefield in Belgium, John Lichfield joins an army of re-enacters seeking to recreate one of the most famous military turning-points in history

Anish Kapoor 'queen's vagina' sculpture vandalised with paint at Palace of Versailles

The damage is slight but the 30 feet high statue might have to be dismantled

A man in viking costume is silhoutted by a burning longship during the annual Up Helly Aa Festival in Lerwick, Shetland Islands

Hunt for Viking DNA in Normandy riles anti-racism campaigners who fear the results could contribute to increasing xenophobia in France

The notion of 'true Normans and false Normans,' a possible infringement of French laws that forbid any form of racial classification and the study being hijacked by racist groups are among the concerns expressed over the project

The three teenage boys were killed in the explosion in a derelict house in Bas-En-Basset

Three French boys killed trying to make smoke bombs for Airsoft war games from a recipe found on the internet

Investigators believe that a hot day, with the temperature approaching 30C, made the acetone and hydrochloric acid the boys were using unstable

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