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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The Paris Métro has now reversed its decision to ban the words, 'les chretiens d'orient'

Paris Métro's latest ad campaign derailed by 110-year-old French 'secularity' law separating church and state

This principle has been the subject of a series of controversial decisions since the wave of jihadist attacks in Paris in January

Employees of France's state radio corporation Radio France attend a strike meeting held at the company's headquarters in Paris, France

Radio silence in France as strike hits network in dispute over spending freeze

Does Radio France need separate symphony orchestras and two classical choral ensembles? They cost €60m a year, and earn €2m

Five days after her far right party underperformed in French local elections, Ms Le Pen received a double blow to her credibility yesterday from hacked Kremlin text messages and a Holocaust-minimising outburst by her father.

Marine Le Pen battered by controversy as details emerge of hacked Kremlin text messages and holocaust-minimising from her father

Ms Le Pen condemned her father’s words with a degree of ferocity that she has never employed against him before

A man buys a copy of the first edition of Charlie Hebdo magazine following the attacks

Charlie Hebdo has prospered since the massacre at its offices - but the €30m raked in since has resulted in public rows and recriminations

Before the attack, the debt-ridden satirical magazine had a weekly circulation of 30,000. Its first post-massacre edition, two weeks later, sold seven million copies worldwide

Andreas Lubitz runs the Airport Race half marathon in Hamburg on 13 September 2009

Germanwings plane crash video that reveals chaos in moments before disaster is a fake, insist investigators into French Alps tragedy

'If people at the site have picked up mobile phones, I am not aware of it'

Nicolas Sarkozy is suspected of illegally allowing his centre-right party to pay a €360,000 fine which was imposed on him personally

Nicolas Sarkozy faces new multiple accusations of fraud over campaign spending

Days after he claimed local elections 'comeback' triumph, former French President endures lengthy questioning by magistrates

The third generation of high-speed lines would – in theory – double France’s 2,000km network

France rejects TGV extension plans - which could be bad news for Britain's proposed HS2 high-speed rail network

Public inquiry concludes that the new lines were too costly and would benefit only rich people and large cities - arguments similar to those used by opponents of HS2 in the UK

French emergency rescue services working at the crash site

Germanwings crash: Lufthansa reveals co-pilot Andreas Lubitz informed his flight school he had suffered a 'serious depressive episode' in 2009

Official report will also recommend new locking systems and procedures for cockpits in move to prevent a repeat of last week's presumed suicide and mass-murder by co-pilot Andreas Lubitz

Nicolas Sarkozy’s centre-right party scored a crushing victory in French local elections tonight, strengthening the former president’s chances of a comeback in 2017

Nicolas Sarkozy on course for a return after centre-right UMP wins crushing victory in French local elections

Ruling Socialists lose about half of the 61 départements or counties they had controlled

Search and rescue workers collecting debris at the crash site in the French Alps

Germanwings plane crash: Pilot ‘had a sick note’ for the day he killed 149 people

German prosecutors said they had found torn-up doctor’s notes at Andreas Lubitz’s home

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