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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Front-runner: FN candidate Marion Maréchal-Le Pen denies wanting to campaign as a standard-bearer for a harder line of nationalism

Marion Maréchal-Le Pen: The poster-girl of the French far-right is more extreme than her aunt and bigger box office than her grandfather

As France goes to the polls, Marine Le Pen's party, the Front National, looks set to do well. And key to that rise has been Le Pen's fiery niece Marion, the FN's rising star. John Lichfield meets her on the stump and asks if she is more than a marionette
rench comedian Dieudonne gesturing as he leaves his trial at the courthouse in Paris last month

French comedian Dieudonne convicted for second time – in two days

€22,500 fine for predicting a Jewish radio presenter would end up in the gas chamber follows Wednesday's two months suspended prison sentence for Charlie Hebdo joke

French writer Muriel Barbery: 'I was terrified that by thinking too much about my own work I would kill a kind of innocence in myself'

Muriel Barbery: Reclusive writer of The Elegance of the Hedgehog returns after eight-year hibernation with new children's tale The Life of Elves

Author says her low profile since 2007 was to 'protect' herself from the expectations of publishers and readers, and because she had 'lost the desire to write'

Intelligence service believe the fighter (R) was Sabri Essid and are investigating whether the boy is his stepson

Isis child militant: Boy seen 'shooting Israeli-Arab spy' in execution video recognised by schoolmates in Toulouse

The boy, who left France last year, is believed to be 12 years old

French former First Lady Valerie Trierweiler is at a book signing of her book, 'Thank You For This Moment: A Story Of Love, Power And Betrayal'.
One ‘Le Monde’ writer wondered how much more could be said if Laurent Blanc’s side made the final

Back in France the praise is heaped on 'heroic' PSG after Chelsea win

View from France: French clubs are no longer junior partners in the Champions League

Jean Vanier founded a network of support groups for mentally disabled children

Jean Vanier: Philosopher who dislikes the 'religion' of success wins £1.2m Templeton Prize for promoting spiritual awareness

The 86-year-old said he would give the prize money to the network of support groups he founded for mentally disabled children

Authorities are combing the Yonne region in Burgundy, south east of Paris, and surrounding areas for the attackers.

France jewel heist: 15 armed men hijack vans and steal gems worth £6.4m

Vans were found burned in a forest near the site of the attack

FN party leader Marine Le Pen says the claims are ‘a smear’

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen hits back at 'smear' as EU accuses her Front National party of £5m fraud

If the accusations of illegal payments are proved, the popular but cash-strapped Eurosceptic party might have to refund as much as €7.5m to Brussels

Florence Arthaud, Alexis Vastine and Camille Muffat have been killed in a helicopter crash

Camille Muffat: French Olympic gold medallist had gone on reality TV show for more 'exciting' challenge before Argentina helicopter crash

'I don’t want people to remember me just as a girl in swimming cap'

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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
10 best tote bags

Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...