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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New prime minister Manuel Valls is struggling to contain in-fighting

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls resigns – and takes entire government with him over austerity row with economy minister Arnaud Montebourg

The dramatic resignation of Mr Valls was an attempt to re-assert the authority of the Prime Minister and President

President François Hollande, left, and the Prime Minister Manuel Valls; both are suffering from low popularity ratings – 17 and 36 per cent respectively

French ministers demand Hollande abandon austerity and condemn Angela Merkel's 'right-wing dogma'

Condemnation of Angela Merkel’s domination of eurozone economic policy and ‘forced march’ of spending cuts could be designed to increase Hollande’s bargaining power in Brussels

After 1,300 years, there’s a bridge to Mont Saint-Michel

French connection: After 1,300 years, there’s a bridge to Mont Saint-Michel

The ugly causeway is being dismantled, an elegant connection erected in its place. So everyone’s happy, right? John Lichfield discovers an undercurrent of dissent in historic Normandy

Postcard from... Paris

Parisian waiters and waitresses are commonly held to be the rudest in the world. But what about the behaviour of their foreign customers?

Alain Juppé is promoting himself as the man to check the rise of the Front National

Alain Juppé puts name into frame for French presidency

Former PM's move seen as an attempt to stop the possible return of Nicolas Sarkozy to frontline politics

Barry died after getting stuck in an underwater gallery

Investigation launched after manatee drowns at Paris zoo

The animal, known as 'Barry', became stuck in a service shaft in its pool

Nadine Morano says French culture must be respected

It’s a French woman’s duty to wear a bikini, says ex-minister

Islamophobia row as Sarkozy supporter hits out at Muslim on beach in headscarf

Cedric Naudon, the developer behind the ‘Jeune Rue’ project in the Haut Marais, has faced opposition to plans for a ‘foodie’ neighbourhood

Has the Parisian epicurean bitten off more than he can chew?

His name is ‘Monsieur Jacob’ and his plan was to transform one of the city’s more rundown areas into a foodie heaven. A shame it’s not done yet

The grave in Saint Symphorien cemetery of Private John Parr, the first British soldier to be killed in action on the Western Front

First World War Centenary: Could this be the most moving ceremony of all?

Both German and British dead lie in the Saint Symphorien cemetery in southern Belgium

European ties: In his 11 years as foreign secretary Sir Edward Grey, left, helped forge the links that led to war

A foreign secretary's pyrotechnic display of mixed signals that sentenced 800,000 British soldiers and sailors to death

Historians are split over what Sir Edward Grey thought he was doing in early 1914. In any event, it was fatal
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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker