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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President Francois Hollande during a live interview on French radio on Monday

President Hollande bids adieu to French 'supertax' detested by the country's millionaires

He could have made a case for the 75 per cent levy. As is becoming typical, he failed to, says John Lichfield

Valerie Trierweiler's autobiography tells the story of her seven-year relationship with Francois Hollande, whom she never married

Francois Hollande and Valerie Trierweiler, the movie: Film-maker buys rights to sordid story of French president's affair

Former French First Lady's revenge autobiography to be filmed

A Roma woman and her children beg on the streets. The French government seeks to end a row over its treatment of ethnic Roma migrants in a move that could result in Bulgarian and Romanian citizens being granted the right to work in France

Racism row after mayor refuses Roma baby burial: 'This is an insult to what France stands for'

A politician’s decision not to allow a two-month-old girl to be buried in his municipal cemetery has caused a national scandal amid accusations of racism – and further highlights the rightward drift of French politics

Thomas Piketty feels the French government should concentrate on starting growth

Leading French economist Thomas Piketty turns down Légion d’Honneur

Mr Piketty feels the French government should concentrate on starting growth

Evidence is collected outside the police station of Joue les-Tours, where officers shot dead a man who attacked them with a knife

Witnesses claim French ‘terror’ suspect was victim of police brutality

Friends and family of Bertrand Nzohabonayo insist that an alleged attack on officers was out of character for a 'gentle' young man who had no history of violence

Postcard from... Paris

Four years ago, Bruno Julliard was pegged as a “world leader of tomorrow”. Now, at the age of 33 (a political infant in the gerontocracy which is France), Mr Julliard has made his first epoch-making decision.

Alain Soral, left, and Dieudonné M’bala M’bala have formed a political party

Dieudonne M'bala M'bala: Friends turn on France's black, anti-Semitic comedian for forming political party with far-right activist

No more black and white issues for France’s most controversial comic who achieved notoriety when footballer Nicolas Anelka copied his allegedly anti-Semitic gesture the 'quenelle'

Postcard from... Paris

Stuffing a CV with exaggerated claims is naughty but natural enough if you are a student trying to take your first step on the job ladder. It is less forgivable if you are the former, and maybe future, President of the French Republic. Nicolas Sarkozy, 60 next month, has just been caught out inflating his meagre presidential record in a speech to Korean business leaders in Seoul.

François Hollande wants to extend the TGV network to his base in the south-west

Francois Hollande's TGV vanity project is on a high-speed railway to nowhere

Once the envy of the world, France’s TGV network is mired in controversy – not least because of the President’s plans to extend the track to his political heartland. John Lichfield, in Paris, says the whole debate offers a warning to the UK and its HS2 project

French soldiers patrol the Christmas market along the Champs Elysées in Paris as security forces step up protection of public places following acts of violence in Nantes, Dijon and Tours

France gripped by fear at Christmas after third street attack in three days

After three attacks in quick succession – causing two deaths and 23 injuries – armed patrols have been deployed

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