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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Flags symbolise the nationalities of victims as relatives gather for a ceremony near the crash site

Germanwings crash: Andreas Lubitz - the killer co-pilot who deliberately flew 150 people to their deaths

Black box suggests 28-year-old locked out colleague before descent as airline says it does not have 'slightest clue' what might have caused him to fly plane into a mountain

Germanwings crash: Descent may have been 'deliberate, suicidal choice' by pilot, claims experts

French aviation experts say a conscious decision must have been made to place the aircraft on a gentle downward trajectory

The black box from the Germanwings Airbus A320

Germanwings crash: Black box reveals final words of pilots on board doomed Airbus flight

As leaders of Germany, Spain and France visit the crash site, three Britons are revealed to be among the 150 dead

Search and rescue personnel at the crash site of the Germanwings Airbus A320 in the French Alps

Germanwings plane crash: Airbus A320 glide to destruction 'took 18 minutes not 8'

French officials say events 'between 10.30am and 10.31am' will prove 'crucial' to discovering what went wrong

Search and rescue personnel at the crash site of the Germanwings Airbus A320 in the French Alps

Germanwings crash: Rescuers discover a 'picture of horror' on French mountainside

Airbus A320 sent out no distress signal before flying headlong into the side of a 9,000ft peak

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

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Exclusive interview with Tripoli PM Khalifa al-Ghweil

'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves'
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'I'm climbing Ben Nevis for my daughter'

Karen Attwood's young daughter Yasmin beat cancer. Now her family is about to take on a new challenge - scaling Ben Nevis to help other children
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Forget that fancy toaster, we've gone off-list to find memorable gifts that will last a lifetime
Paul Scholes column: With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards

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Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget Heysel

Thirty years ago, 39 fans waiting to watch a European Cup final died as a result of a fatal cocktail of circumstances. Ian Herbert looks at how a club dealt with this tragedy
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Khan’s audition for Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation

The Bolton fighter could be damned if he dazzles and damned if he doesn’t against Algieri, the man last seen being decked six times by Pacquiao, says Frank Warren
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Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
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Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
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The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
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Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor