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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Mr Le Pen has accused his daughter of making the Front National too conventional

Sparks fly between Jean-Marie Le Pen and his 'moderate' daughter Marine after 'oven' comment

France was spellbound on Monday by a spectacular public row between the Front National (FN) leader Marine Le Pen and her father, Jean-Marie, the party’s founder, over apparent anti-Semitism.

A photo taken on June 9, 2014 shows 'love padlocks' attached to a fence of the Pont des Arts bridge over the Seine river in Paris

Part of Paris bridge collapses under weight of 'love locks' left by tourists

A section of the metal mesh on the Pont des Arts footbridge over the Seine in Paris collapsed last night under the weight of the thousands of "love-locks"

French ‘poilus’ at Chemin des Dames, where the bloody Nivelle Offensive of 1917 pushed many into mutiny

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The Nivelle offensive - when the lambs refused to march to the slaughter

The catastrophic Nivelle offensive saw 40,000 Frenchmen killed in three days. Shortly afterwards, the war’s most significant mutinies began
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh , Prime Minister manuel valls, Queen Elizabeth ll, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at the Bayeux Cemetary during D-Day 70 Commemorations

D-Day 70th anniversary: Queen leads British commemoration

Over 300 British veterans of the battle of Normandy – one in four of those still alive – joined the Queen in a war cemetery in Bayeux today to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

WW2 veteran Fred Holborn, from the Fleet Air Arm, looks at British Legion Union flags carrying thank you messages planted in the sand on Gold beach

D-Day 70th anniversary: Seven decades on, a band of brothers meet to pay their respects one last time

As world leaders head to Sword Beach, John Lichfield reports on the private ceremony being ushered into the pages of history

Postcard from... Normandy

Normandy has been invaded. Every time you turn a bend, you almost run into a military vehicle. Some are smart new French armoured cars. Most are old American jeeps and trucks, driven by Dutch or Swiss enthusiasts.

Ruins of the church of Aunay-sur-Odon in late 1944

D-Day 70th anniversary: ‘I could see the town, my town, burning behind us’

Seventy years after the invasion, Allied bombing that killed 10,000 civilians is being questioned

Fabien Cousteau (left), grandson of Jacques Cousteau (far left) prepares to spend 31 days in an underwater laboratory

Fabien Cousteau aims to beat grandfather’s underwater record by staying submerged for 31 days

Filmmaker and sea explorer Fabien Cousteau is attempting to outdo his celebrated grandfather by staying 31 days underwater without surfacing.

A federal crime scene investigator at the scene outside the Jewish Museum in Brussels

French authorities arrest four alleged jihadists amidst fears Syrian conflict is spreading

French police arrested four alleged jihadist organisers today as the record of the man suspected of the museum attack in Brussels deepened fears of terrorist contagion from the Syrian civil war.

Jean-Francois Cope walks by a presidential campaign poster of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, earlier this year

Nicolas Sarkozy’s 2017 comeback in jeopardy as fraud scandal forces opposition party leader Jean-François Copé to quit

A close aide has claimed the former President’s 2012 campaign accounts were falsified

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Jonathon Porritt sounds the alarm
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Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
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Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

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If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
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The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
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The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
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