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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French emergency services workers gather in Seyne, south-eastern France, near the site where a Germanwings Airbus A320 crashed in the French Alps

Germanwings Airbus A320 plane crash: Eyewitnesses recall seeing aircraft skim the mountain tops before it came down

Witness recalls seeing the aircraft and thinking: 'that’s not going to make it over the mountains'

Screengrab from the flight tracking website Flightaware, appearing to show the path of the Barcelona-Dusseldorf flight

French Alps plane crash: Germanwings crew 'did not send distress signal'

Officials initially thought the crew on the Airbus A320 issued a mayday signal 46 minutes after take-off

Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right Front National party, leaves a polling station after voting in her home town of Henin-Beaumont, in the Pas-de-Calais area of northern France

Sarkozy staves off the French far right

Marine Le Pen's Front National makes sweeping gains in local elections but is beaten into third place by the centre-right UMP party of former President Nicolas Sarkozy and the Socialists

The French government has triggered a pollution control law which allows it to ban half the private cars in the greater Paris area

French government launches new law allowing it to ban half the private cars in Paris

Cars with registrations ending in odd numbers will be allowed to drive on Monday, with even-numbered cars on Tuesday if pollution levels don't change

'Lost' Picassos worth £50m returned to family after trial of handyman

A lawyer representing Picasso’s children and grandchildren said couple were a 'front' for international art thieves

Pablo Picasso's 'Die schlummernde Trinkerin' ('The Dozed Drinker')

Picasso's handyman ordered to return £50 million 'lost' artworks

The painter’s handyman and his wife (below) claimed that they had been given the paintings and sketches by Picasso’s wife, Jaqueline in the early 1970s

Picture of a police van taken on December 22, 2012 in Paris.

Dead bodies of five babies found at house in southern France

A man called the police after he found the body of a newborn baby in the freezer at his family home

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'

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