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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Many of the drone flights over Paris are thought to be controlled by model enthusiasts

France acts to halt rise of drone flights over 'sensitive areas,' but defence ministry admits 'no immediate solution exists' to combat the pilotless aircraft

Sites including a nuclear submarine base and the Elysée Palace have been targeted 60 times since October leading authorities to consider using radio-jamming devices and water canon to halt embarrassing and potentially dangerous incursions

Madonna and Marine Le Pen have agreed to 'have a drink'

Madonna and Marine Le Pen agree to meet for political summit

Madonna made the offer live on a French TV news show on Monday

The leader of France’s far-right Front National party, Marine Le Pen, has suspended several members over violent, anti-Semitic or Islamophobic comments posted on social media sites

Rise of the French far right: Front National party could make sweeping gains at this month's local elections

However, revelations about the bizarre candidates being fielded mean it may not do quite as well as its 30 per cent support nationwide may suggest

Racial tension once surrounded PSG home games at the Parc des Princes

How PSG's Qatari owners have reduced the racial tension

No other club in Europe has suffered such acute division of a minority of fans

An umbrella group for Catholic family associations believes that the dating site, Gleeden, contravenes the Napoleonic civil code

Catholic pressure group launches legal action against website promoting extra-marital sex

Hundreds of posters for the site have been taken down

President Hollande with Prime Minister Manuel Valls at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on Wednesday

Socialist revolt over France's economic reform programme leaves President Hollande facing an early parliamentary election

The government faces a hazardous vote of confidence after using special powers to ram through a modest attempt to stimulate competition and growth

Certain large shops would be allowed to open later and on Sundays under the proposed reforms

French government faces confidence vote after forcing economic reform bill

If it loses, President Hollande would be obliged to call an early parliamentary election which would almost certainly produce a breakthrough for the right and far right

Le Figaro newspaper has said that the accusations against DSK have “collapsed all on their own”

Dominique Strauss-Kahn trial: Prosecution calls for acquittal as case all but collapses

Lille state prosecutor Frédéric Fèvre insists former IMF chief is innocent of 'pimping'

Five teenagers have been arrested in relation to the desecration of Jewish graves in a cemetery near Strasbourg

Five teenagers questioned by police after desecration of hundreds of Jewish graves in French cemetery

Youths deny any anti-Semitic motive and claim they thought the graveyard was abandoned

Shoppers enter a store on the Champs Elysees avenue, in Paris. France's lower house of parliament has approved a set of measures allowing more stores to open on Sundays and evenings, especially in touristy areas

France 'enters the modern world' with plan to open shops on Sundays

The relaxation of France’s century-old Sunday trading laws will apply to shops in tourist areas and some out-of-town shopping malls

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