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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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

Inside the brothels that served the Western Front: How one First World War soldier found love in the arms of a French sweetheart

Theirs was an impossible relationship – the Welsh officer and his young French sweetheart. Yet when Lieutenant William Morgan's granddaughter discovered a biscuit tin of photographs from the Great War, it wasn’t the shots of their affair that shocked...
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

Lost portraits of the Somme: 100 images of Tommies posing before they went over the top. Now can you help to identify them?

A cache of a local photographer's portraits has come to light in a study of doomed youth
Debris from the Air Algérie aircraft crash

Air Algerie AH5017 crash: Jet fell 30,000 feet in three minutes ‘due to violent storm’

Inexperience of the Spanish crew may have also been a factor

People hold signs reading

France considers ban on radical Jewish group

The French government is considering banning a radical Jewish group which has been blamed for deepening tensions in France during the conflict in Gaza.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemeteries in France and Belgium dedicated to First World War casualties number 2,400 and visitor numbers have never been higher

We will remember them: relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War

Any direct connection with the conflict has gone but we’re not ready to consign it to history, says John Lichfield

Police search for evidence in front of the synagogue in Wuppertal, Germany

Attack in Germany prompts fears over rise in anti-Semitism

Petrol bombs were hurled at the walls of a synagogue in Wuppertal in western Germany today amid fears of a rising tide of Gaza-related anti-Semitism in Europe.

Postcard from... Paris

France has vanished. Disappeared. Disparu.

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