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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The sinking of the ‘Queen Mary’

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: ‘Nothing but a thick, black cloud of smoke remained where the ship had been’

John Lichfield on the Battle of Jutland, the great naval confrontation of the war – which both sides claimed as a victory

The New York State Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, wrote last month that companies such as Airbnb were “cyber cowboys”

Airbnb: French court finds man who sub-let room on short-term rental website guilty of breaking lease

The short-term room rental website for tourists, Airbnb, was already in trouble with state authorities in New York. Now it has run into legal problems in France.

The Regiolis TER is too wide for 19th-century regional platforms

Mind le gap! France spends $15 billion on trains that are too fat for 1,300 station platforms

The SNCF blamed the blunder on the decision to split the state-owned network in two in 1997

A Front National (FN) poster featuring its leader, Marine Le Pen, in Mantes la Ville, north-west of Paris

European Parliament Election 2014: A vote for Europe – or simply a chance to put the boot in?

Nearly 400 million people will have the right to vote in the EU polls - but many will see it as an opportunity for elite bashing

Women in the line of fire: (from left) former editor of ‘Le Monde’ Nougayrède, the sacked director of the Picasso museum Baldassari, businesswoman Lauvergeon, and Environment Minister Royal

Do the French have a problem accepting powerful women?

An editor and a museum director have lost their jobs. A leading politician has had to withdraw accusations of sexism. A top businesswoman is under attack. Would their male equivalents be treated the same way?

Gérard Depardieu stars as Mr Devereaux (or could it be Mr Strauss-Kahn?) in ‘Welcome to New York’

Dominique Strauss-Kahn to sue makers of Gerard Depardieu sex addiction film Welcome to New York

DSK was accused of sexual assault by a hotel maid in New York in 2011

Jérôme Kerviel held a press conference a few yards inside Italy, demanding a meeting with the French President
François Hollande, left, and Goodluck Jonathan, right

Nigeria schoolgirls kidnap: West calls on African nations to work together to defeat Boko Haram

A more co-ordinated response to the Islamist kidnappers emerges at Paris summit
From left, Alexis Tsipras, Ska Keller, Martin Schulz, Jean-Claude Juncker, and Guy Verhofstadt

EU elections 2014: Can a live debate make Europe care about its elections?

There are effectively five candidates for the presidency of the EU commission. So which one won John Lichfield’s vote?

French troops under shellfire during the Battle of Verdun

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Verdun's storm of shellfire that obliterated 300,000 men

Synonymous with futility and heroic defiance, it was the biggest battle the world had ever seen. John Lichfield on an inferno that marked the birth of the age of warfare by mass destruction

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The 'scroungers’ fight back

The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
Amazing video shows Nasa 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action

Fireballs in space

Amazing video shows Nasa's 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action
A Bible for billionaires

A Bible for billionaires

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Paranoid parenting is on the rise - and our children are suffering because of it

Paranoid parenting is on the rise

And our children are suffering because of it
For sale: Island where the Magna Carta was sealed

Magna Carta Island goes on sale

Yours for a cool £4m
Phone hacking scandal special report: The slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

Glenn Mulcaire was jailed for six months for intercepting phone messages. James Hanning tells his story in a new book. This is an extract
We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

For instance, did Isis kill the Israeli teenagers to trigger a war, asks Patrick Cockburn
Alistair Carmichael: 'The UK as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts'

Alistair Carmichael: 'The UK as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts'

Meet the man who doesn't want to go down in history as the country's last Scottish Secretary
Legoland Windsor's master model-makers reveal the tricks of their trade (including how to stop the kids wrecking your Eiffel Tower)

Meet the people who play with Lego for a living

They are the master builders: Lego's crack team of model-makers, who have just glued down the last of 650,000 bricks as they recreate Paris in Windsor. Susie Mesure goes behind the scenes
The 20 best days out for the summer holidays: From Spitfires to summer ferry sailings

20 best days out for the summer holidays

From summer ferry sailings in Tyne and Wear and adventure days at Bear Grylls Survival Academy to Spitfires at the Imperial War Museum Duxford and bog-snorkelling at the World Alternative Games...
Open-air theatres: If all the world is a stage, then everyone gets in on the act

All the wood’s a stage

Open-air productions are the cue for better box-office receipts, new audiences, more interesting artistic challenges – and a picnic
Rand Paul is a Republican with an eye on the world

Rupert Cornwell: A Republican with an eye on the world

Rand Paul is laying out his presidential stall by taking on his party's disastrous record on foreign policy
Self-preservation society: Pickles are moving from the side of your plate to become the star dish

Self-preservation society

Pickles are moving from the side of your plate to become the star dish
Generation gap opens a career sinkhole

Britons live ever longer, but still society persists in glorifying youth

We are living longer but considered 'past it' younger, the reshuffle suggests. There may be trouble ahead, says DJ Taylor