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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'Quenelle' comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala may face prosecution over sketch about Isis executions

The anti-Semitic French comedian came to international attention in December when the footballer Nicolas Anelka performed Dieudonné’s trademark gesture, the quenelle

Migrants queue to receive their daily supply of a hot meal in Calais

Calais heading for crisis: Migrant problem threatens to escalate, and neither France nor Britain seem able – or willing – to sort it out

As 200 desperate migrants attempt to storm their way on to a P&O ferry to Britain, John Lichfield reports from a mini-UN of conflict and oppression

A French Mistral-class helicopter assault ship

Ukraine crisis: France caves in and suspends €600m warship deal with Russia

President Hollande's hand forced by ongoing Russian intervention in eastern Ukraine

In her book, Valérie Trierweiler says that she tried to take an overdose of sleeping pills

Valerie Trierweiler tried to take sleeping pills overdose following Hollande affair revelations

The former French First Lady will tomorrow release a book about her life at the Elysée Palace, and some explosive excerpts have already been released

File: A cross-channel ferry leaving Calais for Dover in 2012

Channel ferry crossings from Britain to France could be 'blocked' over Calais migrant row

French politicians are threatening drastic action if Britain does not do more to help with would-be British asylum seekers

Julie Gayet made a criminal complaint against two Closer editors

Julie Gayet wins feeble judgement against Closer

The actress Julie Gayet has won a criminal case against two senior executives of Closer magazine for invasion of her private life during its coverage of her alleged love affair with the French president, François Hollande.

The girl was arrested at Nice airport in southern France en route to Turkey

Suspected 16-year-old wannabe jihadist arrested en route to Syria

Female French teenager was detained in Nice after a tip-off from Turkish Airlines

Four bodies including a child found in Paris apartment block blast

Police with sniffer dogs also found two residents alive under debris and they were then freed by firefighters

Postcard from... Paris

Paris is miserable in the rain. Water cascades from balconies. Streets turn into torrents. Motorists seem to take delight in splashing pedestrians.

Not your typical French Socialist, Emmanuel Macron has been a Rothschild banker and an aide at the Élysée Palace

France's new Minister of the Economy Emmanuel Macron described by left-wingers as a 'copy-and-paste Tony Blair'

The Socialist Party has branded President Hollande’s new minister with its worst insult

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Immigration: Obama's final frontier

The President is ready to press ahead with the long-promised plan to overhaul America's 'broken system' - but will it get past a Republican-controlled Congress?
Bill Cosby rape allegations explained: Why are these allegations coming out now? Why didn’t these women come forward earlier? And why has nobody taken legal action?

Bill Cosby rape allegations explained

Why are these allegations coming out now? Why has nobody taken legal action? And what happens next for the man once thought of as 'America's Dad'
Four years of excruciating seizures caused by the 1cm tapeworm found burrowing through a man's brain

You know that headache you’ve got?

Four years of excruciating seizures caused by the 1cm tapeworm found burrowing through a man's brain
Travelling to work by scooter is faster than walking and less sweaty than cycling, so why aren’t we all doing it?

Scoot commute

Travelling to work by scooter is faster than walking and less sweaty than cycling, so why aren’t we all doing it?
Paul Robeson: The story of how an American icon was driven to death to be told in film

The Paul Robeson story

How an American icon was driven to death to be told in film
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Never get lost again: 10 best satellite navigation systems

Keep your vehicle going in the right direction with a clever device
Paul Scholes column: England must learn to keep possession and dictate games before they are exposed by the likes of Germany and Brazil

Paul Scholes column

England must learn to keep possession and dictate games before they are exposed by the likes of Germany and Brazil
Michael Dawson: I’ll thank Spurs after we win says defender as he prepares to return with Hull

Michael Dawson: I’ll thank Spurs after we win

Hull defender faces his struggling former club on Sunday ready to show what they are missing. But he says he will always be grateful to Tottenham
Frank Warren column: Dr Wu has big plans for the professionals yet he should stick to the amateur game

Frank Warren column

Dr Wu has big plans for the professionals yet he should stick to the amateur game
Synagogue attack: Fear unites both sides of Jerusalem as minister warns restoring quiet could take 'months'

Terror unites Jerusalem after synagogue attack

Rising violence and increased police patrols have left residents of all faiths looking over their shoulders
Medecins sans Frontieres: The Ebola crisis has them in the headlines, but their work goes far beyond West Africa

'How do you carry on? You have to...'

The Ebola crisis has Medecins sans Frontieres in the headlines, but their work goes far beyond West Africa
Isis extends its deadly reach with suicide bombing in Kurdish capital

Isis extends its deadly reach with suicide bombing in Kurdish capital

Residents in what was Iraq’s safest city fear an increase in jihadist attacks, reports Patrick Cockburn
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'Mysterious and inviting' shot of diver wins photography competition

Stunning image of cenote in Mexico takes top prize
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Sir John Major hits out at theatres

Negative West End portrayals of politicians put people off voting
Kicking Barbie's butt: How the growth of 3D printing enabled me to make an army of custom-made figurines

Kicking Barbie's butt

How the growth of 3D printing enabled toy-designer to make an army of custom-made figurines